Poul Henningsen (1894-1967) was a Danish author, critic and architect, and also one of the leading Danish designers in the inter-war years. Best known for the PH-lamp, he also designed this 1959 piece Light of the Future, which features a similar series of shaped shades. One of 20 examples commissioned, it was produced in painted and cast aluminium and porcelain by Louis Poulsen. It is available for £100,000 from Rose Uniacke.

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The fair runs from October 10-16 and brings together 67 galleries offering 20th century and contemporary design as well as tribal art.


H Blairman & Sons brings to PAD an electrolier designed and manufactured by WAS Benson (1854-1924), the English architect and designer known for his domestic lighting. This creation, c.1900, makes use of silvered brass and glass by Powell of Whitefriars. It is offered for £45,000.

Eighteen newcomers join this edition, but many familiar international faces will be there too, including Lucas Ratton of France, Vertes from Switzerland and Portuondo Gallery, which has offices in UK, the US and Spain.


Priced at £18,200 by Modernity, this armchair model 4488 was designed in 1931 by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. It is completed in mahogany with Brazilian rosewood inlays, woven cane and black horsehair upholstery with leather piping.

Themes this year include young designers and sustainable designs with other highlights on heritage and historic French craftsmanship.


Though PAD includes some historic designs, most are Post-war or Contemporary. For example, Adrian Sassoon brings A Pair of Memory Vessels made by Bouke de Vries. One, in Contemporary glass, contains the collected remains of a late 17th century Kangxi Chinese porcelain vase with cover, in a new style that follows the original form, and is offered with its pair for £25,000.

Last year PAD London was cancelled as cases of coronavirus rose and restrictions on travel and events continued.

Patrick Perrin, founder and CEO of PAD fairs, said: “It is a joy to be back in London.”