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L’ECLAIREUR at PAD London 2016: Art + Design

L’ECLAIREUR features a new selection of five designers for its debut at PAD London, a leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts taking place from October 5th to 9th in the heart of Mayfair. This PAD edition celebrates its 10th anniversary at Berkeley Square, with more than 65 exhibitors from all around the world.


L’ECLAIREUR features a new selection of five designers for its debut at PAD London, a leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts taking place from October 5th to 9th in the heart of Mayfair. This PAD edition celebrates its 10th anniversary at Berkeley Square, with more than 65 exhibitors from all around the world.

Since the opening of their first Paris store in 1981, L’ECLAIREUR has worked to bring the avant-garde to a larger audience, combining furniture and design objects with fashion and art. L’ECLAIREUR’s founders, Armand and Martine Hadida, are passionate about design, the designers and the craftspeople behind the work, and have curated a selection of pieces to be shown on a global stage.


After the success of their first show at PAD Paris earlier this year, where they won the Best Contemporary Design Prize with “In Vein” – a Ben Storm marble trestle table, L’ECLAIREUR makes its debut in the London fair, presenting a carefully selected group of five designers: Pierre Bonnefille, Nino Calos, Ronald Mallory, Studio Tangent and Von Pelt.

French painter Pierre Bonnefille is a colour alchemist. With pigments brought in from all around the globe, he alters the tones to create the effect of a mineral skin, adapting light and textures to the volumes for which they are intended. His mural arrangements often reflect nature and its seasonal metamorphosis. For the “Bronze” collections, he used bronze powder inside a metallic frame, creating abstract landscapes which allude to erosion, the brutal strength of nature’s elements, and the telluric energies he tries to capture.


L’ECLAIREUR is also presenting furniture pieces by Bonnefille alongside his bronze works at PAD London. The inspiration for this new furniture collection came from Bonnefille’s discovery of stones collected from old African copper mines which sparked the artists’ desire to probe for treasure within the earth’s crust. Thus, this new set of furniture, objects and paintings with unique forms, structures, colours and finishes arose from the diversity and the refined forms of these found ore fragments.

Nino Calos is a 20th Century Italian artist who lived in Paris most of his life. His work blends light with movement and represent geometrical forms that seek to evoke the cosmos, whose changes and colours create a variety of mental landscapes that reflect the emotions of the artist. It was one of the first times in the 20th Century that science and technology gave birth to artistic expression. Calos’s contributed to develop Lumina Kinetic Art with his friend Frank J. Malina, an aesthetic in which electricity is used to create movement and light inside a frame. Optical illusions, with colour-changing circular forms, vibrate and dance at the surface of the artwork.


Before devoting himself to abstract art, American artist Ronald Mallory studied architecture, and worked alongside Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx. Mallory created his first kinetic mercury pictures in 1965 after buying a small vial of mercury on Canal Street in New York. He admired artists who were pouring paint on canvas, such as Morris Louis and Paul Jenkins, and started to pour polyurethane into boxes backed with light to create depth to his work. Following Burle Marx’s advice, he abandoned architecture to concentrate on art, and moved to Paris in the 1950’s. In 1965, he opted for mercury in one of his first kinetic artworks, an extremely difficult component to tame. Thanks to his motorised artworks and his personal experience with mercury, Mallory created a vast array of striking visual elements and infinite landscapes.

Mallory’s work has been exhibited around the world, including at MoMA and the Whitney. Recently Mallory’s mercury work has gained new attention, thanks to a resurgence of interest in the pioneers of kinetic art.


VON PELT is a group of French, Spanish and German sculptors, designers, textile researchers and craftspeople. Led by creative director Desiree Mejer, these artists bring their skills and talents together to create a common aesthetic. The “Meteorites” tables, halfway between sculpture and painting, were made in Berlin, Germany in 2016 for L’ECLAIREUR. “Meteorites” is a fantasy project based on nature’s jewels, but aided by the human artistic hand, making Nature ‘better’ than Nature itself. Their natural aspect is enhanced by coloured pigments which give the artwork a dizzying and hypnotic aura, like the pictures taken from space, on which the collective based their initial work.

Tangent is a London-based design and invention brand established in 2015, founded and directed by Hideki Yoshimoto. The brand explores and proposes unique ideas which bring the latest technology to people’s lives. For PAD London 2016, L’ECLAIREUR presents Tangent’s Kihou table, which features LED technology beneath a silicone coat against which bubbles come bursting. With the liquid, organic feel, Tangent offers a new way of apprehending light itself.

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