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February 20, 2018updated Feb 19, 2018

The Best of PAD London Art Fair

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the Elite Traveler Luxury Escapes Edition 2017/2018.

The internationally acclaimed art fair returned to London’s Mayfair for the 11th edition late last year. Set in Berkley Square, the show welcomed the chic, the bright, the weird and the wonderful…

Christopher Duffy, Abyss coffee table

Evoking the deep blue sea, the Abyss coffee table plays with depth perception and creates a 3D geological cross section. Crafted from sculptured glass, resin and wood, the table is limited to 25 pieces.

Hans Kotter, Point of View, Magic 8 Ball

The German artist’s light sculptures are a commentary on how light and color interact with the environment. This hanging sculpture, a cuboctahedron (a polyhedron made up of eight triangular faces and six square faces), is an intricate maze of light and shadow. Kotter creates one-off pieces, this one sold at Pad for $52,000.

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Steffen Dam, Cabinet of Curiosities

The curious works of Steffen Dam are not what they seem—the creatures encapsulated in the glass jars are fictitious, imagined by Dam and created through his glassblowing and tool-making skills.

Valentin Loellmann, Copper corner bench

One of Valentin Loellmann’s main objectives is to get as close as possible to authenticity, and this copper corner bench was wrapped around a huge oak tree to accurately demonstrate this point. The bench, in charred oak and copper, won best contemporary design and was certainly drawing a crowd.

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