PAD turned 1o this year. The latest instalment of PAD London on Berkeley Square just closed its doors and left many of us, antiques and design lovers, inspired and enraptured once again with this annual rendez-vous of first-class furniture, decorative objets, jewellery, photography, tribal and modern art represented by 65-odd world-class exhibitors.
The variety and stylistic combinations of the vignettes and their ‘eclectibles’ created beautiful relationships and synergies between seemingly disparate notables that read like a roll call of 20th C museum-quality pieces all commanding incredible provenance, rarity, authenticity and integrity.
Here are A-Gent of Style’s highlights of this year’s fair, for your eyes only…
– FUMI Gallery –
– Jacques Lacoste –
– Galerie Dutko –
– Clara Scremini Gallery –
– David Gill Gallery –
– Rose Uniacke –
– Galerie Alain Marcelpoil –
– Gallery Matthieu Richard –
– Didier Luttenbacher –
– Carpenters Workshop Gallery –
– De Jonckheere –
– Galerie Jacques Lacoste –
– Galerie du Passage Pierre Passebon –
– Cabinet Albert Pinto –
-Phoenix Ancient Art SA –
– Galerie Kreo –
– Galerie Chastel-Marechal –
– Magen H –
– Sarah Myerscough Gallery –
– Hamilton Gallery –
– Mazzoleni –
– Galerie Dumonteil –
– Entreprise Jousse –
– Herve Van der Straten –
– JAMES –
– Leclaireur –
– Rose Uniacke –
- – The Restaurant by Veere Grenney Associates –
– All photographs by A-Gent of Style –
At 9 a.m yesterday, A-Gent of Style arrived at the doors of the BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair to attend the press preview before it opened to the public at 11 a.m. Returning to its favourite location until 24 March at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3, this year’s fair, the 23rd annual edition, did not disappoint. On the contrary, it seemed like it surpassed itself once again
Housed in a purpose-built pavilion, the range of objects for sale ranging from various disciplines such as art, furniture and paintings to clocks, ceramics, silver, jewellery, rugs and much more from 16th century works of art to contemporary furniture is the place for collectors and also first-time buyers to buy antiques and fine art from Britain’s most renowned experts. Everything for sale is vetted for quality and authenticity and all exhibitors are members of the Association. The BADA fair is famed for its elegant design and spacious layout, providing a stunning setting for the beautiful works for sale for everyone from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector, with prices ranging from £100 to six figure sums.
Here are A-Gent of Style‘s highlights, favourite picks and some of the stunning vignettes that caught his attention and dazzled him as he browsed the fair for a couple of hours in the blissfully quiet and peaceful environment before the impressive queue of antiques admirers and collectors were let in.
– all photos by A-Gent of Style –
Amongst the myriads of ideas, innovations and inspirational experiences he had the privilege to engage with last week during the Sleep event, A-Gent of Style was shown the Gallery Hall, upstairs from the Sleep Hotel, where four award-winning scholarship students from the Royal College of Art who completed their postgraduate M.A. degrees in July this year were showcasing their final projects, the fifth year of the NEWH Scholarship association with the prestigious postgraduate art school.
A-Gent of Style had the time to meet and greet only two students (apology to the other two; A-Gent had to rush to the results of the Sleep Hotel competition) which he would like to introduce you to. Both of them are equally brilliant and innovative in their approach to rethinking and redesigning mundane objects of our everyday life.
Today, the first gifted student A-Gent of Style would like to share with you is:
James Stoklund is a Copenhagen-born student whose final project “A utensil is not just a utensil” is the culmination of two years of studies on the course of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery. Before enrolling with
the Royal College of Art, James gained professional experience at the Institute for Fine Metals and the luminary Georg Jensen studio, both in Denmark. This year, he won both the Theo Fennel Award (Best in Silver) andthe Graham Hugues Award. Thanks to his impressive background in silversmithing, the Danish artist has now produced sophisticated and nonconformist silver tableware which he has exhibited in various countries. He is currently looking for commissions and investors.
Don’t miss the fascinating video below featuring the utensils in use; it really shows off their sleek aesthetics, holistic approach and original utility, not forgetting James’s playfulness and cheekiness. Check out the name of each object!
This is what A-Gent of style saw and what he was, ahem, ‘boiled’ over by. Genius.
“The collection of tableware is first of all inspired by my own joy for functional things. And it is this joy I want to pass on to others” said James. “I decided to produce objects people want to use or objects that attract people to use them.
For example, I have found a great spoon for eating my oats in the morning, which has the perfect cup size for the ideal mouthful of oat. This is a good example of ‘a spoon is not just a spoon’ but is a utensil underlining and enhancing a dining experience. Hence, a specific dish should be delivered with the right utensil; the food, its texture and taste should be incorporated in the design of a utensil.”
Point of Light: the concept of the candlestick is balance and simplicity. Making the candle looking like it is balancing on the tip of the cone teases the viewer’s eye. Material: Stainless steel. Method: Lathe.
Fresh Eggs: the egg holder is a response to one-size-fits-all egg cups. Eggs come in different sizes, which this egg holder allows. Material: Stainless steel, food-grade silicone. Method: Lathe. The rubbery egg cup is inspired by the annoying one-size-fits-all egg cups you normally buy at shops. Eggs come in different sizes, but industrial produced egg cups do not and the rubbery egg cup allows for different egg sizes. “At the same time, when I initially pushed an egg through the silicone, I found the movement to reflect the way a hen lays an egg, which for me was very satisfying”, James explains.
Pour Thing: this cup is a milk jug! The jug manipulates with people’s normal perception of everyday life objects by transforming the classic coffee cup into a jug. The weight of the liquid makes the spout. Material: food-grade silicone, resin. Method: Mould-making, casting.
Shake That Booty: the glass has an internal lump (taking the shape of two round buttocks, externally), which makes extra circulation in the alcohol when the glass is swung. Thus the alcohol get more oxidized. Material: Glass. Method: Hand blown. The idea for the glass “Shake That Booty” emerged to help aerate spirits during the drinking experience.
Pass The Salt: salt goes from hand to hand around the dining table as a baton. This salt shaker plays on childhood memories and gives the user a surprising moment. The egg can be detached and filled up with salt. Material: Stainless steel, hen’s egg. Method: laser welder.
Extend The Pleasure: the spoon has an extra long bowl that curves slightly downward. The last touch of the spoon will be extended in a fluid and sensual movement. Hence the spoon extends the pleasure of consuming desert. The spoon comes in 15 and 30 cm. Material: Stainless steel. Method: Handcrafted.
Lick It Clean: the flexible plate helps the eater to scooping up all food. When using a normal ceramic plate, you keep on scraping with a spoon or fork, but there are always leftovers on the plate. Material: Food-grade silicon, brass. Method: Handcrafted. “I have for a while found it annoying not being able to get all food from a ceramic plate”, James explains.”You keep on scraping with a spoon or fork but there will always be leftovers on the plate. Thus my idea for the plate “Lick It Clean” appeared to help you scoop up all the food”.
Fork: the eight long prongs of the fork are flexible thus making the user able to grab food differently. Furthermore the prong gives a delicate and vibrating touch to the lips. The handle of the fork is designed to fit the palm of the hand and to prevent the prongs touching the table and appear more hygienic. Material: Stainless steel, spring-steel. Method: laser welder.
“Most of the tableware we use today has had its look since the 17th century”, James points out. “For example, the fork as we know it today, has had its looks for 300 years. Compared to the evolution of food, the evolution of tableware is protracted and needs to fit the current food trends. Who says the design of knife and fork are the most efficient for our contemporary society, when it has not been challenged for so many years? Everyone knows the feeling of having a spoon in their mouth or the sound of a fork against the plate; these are experiences we have known since we were born. However, most of us do not question the function of these everyday life utensils and what a simple change can do.Thus the design needs innovation and development in order to activate people eating. The dinner experience has been passivated, neglected and appears mechanical without social context. New and innovative eating tools can challenge the eaters and the traditional perception of tableware. I create functional objects for the tabletop that surprise and manipulate people’s normal actions or conceptions to enrich the experience of dining. I challenge the traditional way we eat or pick up food but at the same time consider the food and its consistency in a playful way. My intend with this series of tableware is not to give the users an experience, but hopefully a better dinner experience, different from what we are used to“.
Stay tuned to discover the fabulous world of quirky and revolutionary louvred blinds by genius fellow student Kia Utzon-Frank
– All photos and the video by James Stoklund –