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My Favourite Things: Patrick Perrin

The founder of PAD art and design fair shares a few items from his personal collection.

Born into a family of four generations of antique dealers, collecting runs in Patrick Perrin’s blood. “When I was in a position to do so, I started buying pieces to furnish my home,” he says. He launched art and design fair PAD Paris in 1998. In 2007, he co-founded PAD London as the first international fair dedicated to 20th century and contemporary design in the UK. Last year, he received the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture for his significant contribution to the arts.  

He shares a few items from his personal collection.  


Roots stool in beige, by Ad Hoc 

Roots Stool (c) Ammann Gallery and PAD London

I own a pair of these stools with different-coloured backs. One is white and the other is black. The back of the stool is made from a combination of ixtle, a natural stiff fibre from the Agave plant and walnut wood. They live on the first-floor landing of my country house in Saint-Léger in the Forest of Rambouillet in France.  


Reconciled fragments: low table by T-Sakhi  

Reconciled Fragments Low Table By T-Sakhi (c) Thierry Depagne/ Courtesy of Galerie Gosserez and PAD London

What I liked about this table when I discovered it was the mix of materials and dark grass colours with inclusions of pink and mauve; the foot is golden. This piece now adorns the small living room of my country house.  


Untitled object, bought in 2003 from Sèvres 

Untitled Object, courtesy of Sèvres and PAD London

This is the first object my friend and dealer Stéphane Custot and I bought at PAD 20 years ago on the Sèvres booth, which, at the time, was under the direction of David Caméo, former president of Sèvres — Cité de la céramique. We never regretted it. This object sits in the meeting room of PAD offices in Paris and reminds me of the first years of our fairs.  


MCL2 lamp by Martin Laforêt 

MCL2 Table Lamp By Martin Laforêt, courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery and PAD London

This is a complete reinvention of the lamp concept with a mixture of stone and wood. This object is installed in my Parisian apartment where it complements an eclectic mix of decorative styles and periods. 


Elodjie lamp by Léa Mestres 

Elodjie Lamp By Léa Mestres, courtesy of Galerie Scene Ouverte and PAD London

This lamp is an extraordinary combination of contemporary and classic; the play between material and colour is irresistible. It adds an element of playfulness in the small living of my country house.  


PET lamp by Eperara-Siapidara  

PET Lamp Eperara Siapidara, courtesy of PET Lamp Eperara Siapidara and PAD London

This gorgeous chandelier is entirely sustainable and made from reclaimed plastic. These pieces are made by Colombian women who make glassware with plastic bottles. I discovered this chandelier in the boutique of Jacques Grange and Pierre Passebon in Comporta and instantly fell in love with it.  

This year marks PAD London's 15th anniversary, held in Berkeley Square from 10th-15th October 2023. For more information and tickets, click here.