PAD London 2012


Pearl Lam Design presented works by André Dubreuil, Danful Yang, Douglas Young, Patricia Waller, Philip Michael Wolfson and XYZ Design to coincide with Frieze at PAD London 2012



André Dubreuil, Four Seasons Console Table

 André Dubreuil, Four Seasons Console Table (2011), Elmwood, cloisonné


Pearl Lam Design participated in the Pavilion of Art & Design (PAD) in London from 10th to 14th October, 2012. The gallery presented six international artists and designers from very different design scenes: André Dubreuil, Danful Yang, Douglas Young, Patricia Waller, Philip Michael Wolfson and XYZ Design. Each designer explores function and aesthetics through their work in a broad array of media from furniture, soft sculpture to porcelain.

André Dubreuil: Born in 1951, the French designer is renowned for specialising in furniture-making and porcelain through a combined use of wood, metals and enamel. Works on view at PAD will include Mr. Big, a vibrant enamel cabinet hand-crafted in his workshop in France and Four Seasons Console Table, a luxurious enamel cloisonné table made in Elmwood using traditional Chinese craftsmanship. Dubreuil’s frequent visits to China have deeply influenced his work, as he takes inspiration from the elaborate traditions and techniques of Chinese craftsmanship.


Danful Yang: Born in 1980, the young Chinese designer reinvents traditional Chinese arts and craft technique in modern Western materials to create playful and visually dynamic works. Yang will showcase her renowned furniture pieces from the Fake series, which is a statement about the onslaught of consumer culture and the aspirations of a new generation of people in an increasingly homogeneous society fascinated with brand names and logos. Materials from fake luxury brand handbags are juxtaposed and used to upholster a chair that is a hybrid of traditional Chinese and Western Rococo styles, commenting on the present and reinventing traditions. Yang will also exhibit her three traditionally shaped porcelain works, Daydream, Glasses and Girly, a series of pieces inspired by Chinese craft techniques.


Douglas Young: Born in 1965, leading Hong Kong designer Douglas Young creates fascinating works influenced by the arts of both Eastern and Western cultures, fusing tradition with new technology. Specially commissioned for PAD 2012, Lunar Eclipse reinterprets the ancient archetype of the multilayered Chinese ivory ball, symbolising the Earth and its complexity, in a modern floor lamp which delicately combines carbon fibre with marble.


Patricia Waller: Born in 1962, the Chilean born German designer artist uses acrylic wool, a material generally known to bring comfort and warmth, to create her woven sculptures of unexpected subject matter which question ways of seeing. Her eccentric pieces are made of crocheted yarn and synthetic materials. She will present works that include her sculpture Under Construction and a pair of yarn eyeballs titled Observer.


Philip Michael Wolfson: Born in 1968, London-based American architect Philip Michael Wolfson has established his distinctive pathway re-examining the forms and ideas of the early 20th century Modernist movements with a unique approach to functional sculpture, design and art, informed by the dynamics of fracture and fragmentation. His renowned work Painting on the Wall under the heading 4 Arts of the Scholar – Paintings, a contemporary Western interpretation, has been inspired by a reverence for the training that required the scholar to achieve mastery of QIN, QI, SHU, and HUA—translated as music, board game, calligraphy, and painting. It requires years of study of the ancient classics and philosophical treatises, as well as self-analysis of the moral principles and influences of Confucianism, Feng Shui, Taoism and Buddhism.


XYZ Design: Founded in 1997 in Hong Kong and now based in Shanghai, the design group XYZ Design will showcase for the first time at PAD 2012 two new pieces, Stacked Hexagons Dining Table and Stacked Hexagons Coffee Table, which feature sculptural stainless steel bases.


About Pearl Lam Design

Pearl Lam Design has tirelessly promoted design as an art form in China. Pearl Lam has funded an artist-in-residence programme for artists and designers across the globe. Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers including André Dubreuil, Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, and Studio Makkink & Bey. They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques and create new works that reflect their experiences in China.


Pearl Lam Design aim to illustrate the absence of segregation between fine art and design in traditional Chinese culture, where decorative art assimilates into fine art, modernity merges with traditions, and traditional values are still revered. The Gallery seeks to cultivate the philosophy and aesthetics of Chinese craftsmanship while simultaneously exploring Western perspectives of these techniques.


Pearl Lam Design works with: Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, Patrice Butler, André Dubreuil, Studio Makkink & Bey, Martin Szekely, Peter Ting, WOKmedia, Philip Michael Wolfson, XYZ Design, and Danful Yang.


Pearl Lam Design will open a new gallery space in Shanghai in 2013.