Design Art London 2007

The Design Art London collectors' fair has launched its website and branding and released the list of exhibitors for its inaugural exhibition this October.

The fair takes place in Hanover Square from 12-14 October, during the Frieze Art Fair.

Design Art London is the new name for the fair, which was until recently being called Design London.

Below is the full press release, listing exhibiting galleries:



12-14 October 2007, Hanover Square
Press Release – 13 August 2007

12–14 October 2007 DesignArt London will be devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary design and furniture, showcasing a collection of the finest twentieth and twenty-first centuries’ design from around the world. DesignArt London is being organised by Patrick Perrin, Chairperson of the Société d’Organisation Culturelle, (SOC), a body with experience producing a number of leading international art and design fairs including the Pavillon Art and Antiques Fair in Paris. SOC will bring its expertise to London, putting the capital at the forefront of the contemporary design market.

The world’s 20 top design galleries have been selected to participate by a committee comprising Juliet Burrows, Antik, New York (USA), Pearl Lam, Contrast Gallery, Shanghai (China), David Gill, David Gill Galleries, London (UK) and Francois Laffanour, Galerie Downtown, Paris (France). This process was keenly focussed on quality in order to offer a tightly curated show that demonstrates both a geographical and chronological survey of the design scene from the 1940s to today. Each gallery specializes in a specific time period, style or group of designers, be it from Paris, Shanghai or Italy.

Works in limited editions or unique pieces range from the most renowned Post-war designers Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier to leading contemporary names such as Marc Newson and Zaha Hadid. These iconic names will be joined by emerging artists such as Joris Laarman, FredriksonStallard and Maarten Baas.

The calibre of the work on show will attract serious collectors, curators, directors, dealers and artists, but is hoped that DesignArt London will also broaden the public’s awareness of the ever-growing contemporary furniture market. DesignArt London will coincide with Frieze, underlining the synergy between art and design and the blurring of the functional and aesthetic.

Design furniture is a new sector of the decorative arts and London provides the ideal location as home to the world’s finest design and arts schools as well as private and public contemporary art collections. It is hoped that the vibrancy of London as emerging world cultural and financial capital will add a freshness and originality to a successful fair format.

DesignArt London is delighted to support Maggie’s Centres, whose Care Centres across the UK are dedicated to the psychological and emotional support for people facing cancer, their family and friends.

Notes to Editors:
Maggie's Cancer Care Centres are dedicated to the psychological and emotional support for people facing cancer and their family and friends. As Maggie said herself, “above all, what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying". The new London site, (opening February 2008) designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, marks the beginning of a further 5 centres planned for England and Wales, in addition to the existing centres in Scotland.


Francois Laffanour, Galerie Downtown, Paris
David Gill, David Gill Galleries, London

Press Contacts

Sophie Egly
102 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
75008 Paris
T : +33 1 53 30 85 20
E : segly [at]

Sophie Dennys
Brunswick Arts
16 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
T: 020 7936 1290
E: sdennys [at]



Wednesday 10th October
9.00 am – 12:00 pm Press preview (Breakfast buffet served and press conference at 9.30)

Thursday 11th October
3.00 pm – 6.00 pm VIP preview
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Opening Night
9:30 pm Dinner and party at Sketch restaurant

Friday 12th October
10.00 am – 8.00 pm DAL Open to Public

Saturday 13th October
10.00 am – 8.00 pm DAL Open to the public

Sunday 14th October
10.00 am – 8.00 pm DAL Open to the public

Ticket price

£10 adult

Number of exhibitors



Hanover Square, W1, London

Nearest tube stops

Bond Street
Oxford Circus
Green Park


Antik, Juliet Burrows & Kim Hostler, New York City (USA)
XXth century design and decorative arts

Antik was founded in 1995 by partners Kim Hostler and Juliet Burrows. The TriBeCa gallery specialises in works by artists and architects designing at the forefront of the modernist movement in Scandinavia and the United States, with emphasis on studio ceramics, Swedish Functionalism, the Danish Cabinetmaker Guild, and American Studio Craft. Hostler and Burrows strive to maintain the focus of their curating on the original intention and integrity of the artists whose work they exhibit. Superb craftsmanship and form are paramount qualities in the pieces they offer; the artist’s hand is evident throughout, and a seamless continuity is achieved in their carefully edited presentations.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Loïc le Gaillard & Julien Lombrail, London (UK)
Cutting edge contemporary design

The Carpenters Workshop Gallery was established in Chelsea’s design district October 2004 as a mixed media and contemporary art space by Frenchmen Loic Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail. The gallery's sole focus is the promotion of contemporary designers through solo and group gallery exhibitions, and participation in international art and design fairs. The gallery’s exhibited artists begin with post-1980's stars such as Ron Arad and Jurgen Bey to the most current generation of talented young designers (Maarten Baas, Atelier van Lieshout, Joris Laarman, Marcel Wanders, Demakersvan, Ika Künzel, Vincent Dubourg, Max Lamb, Julian Mayor and others). It is the gallery's primary interest to expose collectors to new works which challenge and enrich the current design aesthetic.

Contrast Gallery, Pearl Lam, Hong-Kong, Shanghai, Huangzhou, Beijing (China)
Art, Architecture and Design

Positioned in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Huangzhou and Beijing, Contrast Gallery is on the forefront of contemporary art and design in Asia. The gallery was founded in 1992 by Peal Lam and strives to bridge the gap between art and design while also cultivating exchanges between the East and the West. Thus, alongside artists from the first wave of contemporary Chinese fine art in the 1980s, the gallery displays functional artworks from younger Chinese artists.

The gallery also presents works inspired by and made by internationally acclaimed designers, as well as works by Western avant-garde artists unfamiliar in the East.

Dansk Møbelkunst, Maria Wettergren & Ole Høstbo, Copenhaguen, Paris (Denmark - Paris)
Scandinavian design from 1920-1975

Founded in Copenhagen in 1992 by Ole Hostbo, Galerie Dansk Mobelkundst was among the first Danish galleries to specialise in twentieth-century Scandinavian design. In 2002, DMK opened a second gallery in Paris. After more than a decade, the gallery has become an authority in Danish historical design pieces from 1920 to 1975, with particular emphasis on rare modernist furniture, lighting
and ceramics. The gallery regularly organises distinctive exhibitions and catalogues of some of Scandinavia’s most significant designers.

Demisch Danant, Suzanne Demisch & Stéphane Danant, New York City (USA)
XXth century European design and decorative arts

Demisch Danant features XXth century European design and decorative arts with an emphasis on French design from the late 1960s and 1970s. The gallery promotes the understanding of this particulary rich period, which is notable for work by designers who incorporated new materials, humour and spirit into the creation of objects of daily life.

Galerie Philippe Denys, Philippe Denys, Brussels (Belgium)
European objets d’Art 1900-2000

In his search for artistic excellence and the ultimate in aestheticism, Philippe Denys scours Europe from East to West and North to South looking for rare objects and exceptional objects of art of the XXth Century - furniture, glass, ceramics, silver or textiles. As a concrete expression of his passion and research and to give his collection the space it deserves, he decided to enlarge his gallery in 2003, tripling the space at the Sablon in Brussels. Philippe Dennys continues to offer both amateurs and collectors a superb window onto 20th Century European art.

Galerie Downtown, François Laffanour, Paris (France)
XXth century furniture

Located on the rue de Seine in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, the galerie DOWNTOWN was created by François Laffanour in 1980. For the past twenty-five years, the galerie DOWNTOWN has organized thematic and monographic exhibits on architects and furniture designers such as: Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier, Charles & Ray Eames and Carlo Mollino.

Galerie Dewindt, Jacques Dewindt, Brussels (Belgium)
XXth century furniture

Galerie Dewindt was created in Brussels in the late 1970s and works to promote modern and constructivist design of the 20's. Initially located in the Sablon, the gallery has evolved and is now located in larger premises on Avenue Louise. The gallery has taken part in a number of art fairs, representing design, including FIAC and Art Brussels.

The gallery started out focussing on the Art Nouveau movement, reflecting the passion of Director Jacques Dewindt and widening out to embrace the Bauhaus movement and design from the 1940s. Today the focus is on constructivist design with the gallery presenting historical works from Henri Van de Velde, Serrurier-Bovy, Gerrit Rietveld, Marcel Breuer amongst others. For DesignArt London galerie Dewindt will be bringing works from Ugo La Pietra, Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari, Claire Bataille, Maarten Van Severen, Richard Hutten, Matali Crasset and Andrea Branzi.

Galerie Italienne, Alessandro & Anna Pron, Paris (France)
Italian design

Galerie Italienne opened in 1982 in Turin. Since 2001, Galerie Italienne has been located in Paris and dedicated to promoting Italian design through the production of new collections and the exhibition of historical and contemporary pieces. For DesignArt London, Galerie Italienne will be showing new works by Mattia Bonetti, Johanna Grawunder, Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanuso Jr.

David Gill Galleries, David Gill, London (UK)
XXth century decorative and fine arts

David Gill Galleries was established in 1987 and now encompasses two gallery spaces in London, including an exciting open plan space of some 20,000 square feet in SE11. David Gill is a respected designer, collector and pioneer of XXth Century decorative and fine arts. The gallery is renowned for showing period classics in combination with collections by leading contemporary artists that are produced in editions by the gallery. Work by Zaha Hadid and FredriksonStallard will be shown at DesignArt London.

Pierre-Marie Giraud, Pierre-Marie Giraud, Brussels (Belgium)
XXth century design

Pierre-Marie Giraud is based in Brussels, Belgium and specialises in Contemporary decorative Arts, unique pieces by ceramists, glass, silver and stone artists. Artists represented by the gallery and showing at DesignArt London will include Martine Bedin, Jean Girel, Kristin McKirdy, Barbara Nanning, Alain Vernis, Rose Cabat and Ritsue Mishima. Two new emerging ceramicist artists to be exhibited include Louiselio and Kim Hyeyong.

Jousse Entreprise, Matthias & Philippe Jousse, Paris (France)
XXth century furniture design

For more than 25 years, Philippe Jousse has contributed to the growing recognition of designers such as Jean Prouve, Andre Borderie, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Georges Jouve and Serge Mouille – all innovators in their time. Jousse Enterprise is based in Paris with three gallery spaces.

Galerie kreo, Didier Krzentowski, Paris (France)
Design and Contemporary art

Describing itself as ‘research laboratory’, Galerie kreo is dedicated to artistic exploration in design, and has exclusive international rights to remarkable limited edition pieces by such luminaries as Ronan &
Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius, Jasper Morrison and Martin Szekely.
Didier Krzentowski, expert in design and contemporary art, and his wife Clémence Krzentowski have brought together a collection of furniture and objects by internationally renowned contemporary designers. The Galerie kreo is currently preparing the catalogue raisonné of Marc Newson and Martin Szekley.

Magen H Gallery, Hugues & April Magen, New York City (USA)
XXth century design

Since 1997, Magen H. Gallery has pioneered revolutionary and significant designers in sculpture, decorative arts, architecture, and ceramics with special emphasis given to French post-war designers. From its inception, the collection of works has been built on the founding premise that art and design are allied and interdependent.

Magen H. Gallery is consistently recognized as being at the forefront of conceptual twentieth-century design. International in scope, Magen H. Gallery also currently exhibits designers from the “Art et Industrie" movement. Comprised primarily of American designers, this group was among the first to
created limited editions and one-offs as an integral part of the overall concept: unique and singular works are the purest representation of art.

Exhibiting works in craft mediums (clay, metal, wood, silicon and aluminum), the gallery seeks objects that transcend form and function. By synthesizing modern and mid-century designers, Magen H. Gallery continues to redefine the decorative arts market with innovative and significant design.

Nilufar Gallery, Nazanin Yachar, Milan (Italy)
XXth century furniture and carpets

Nilufar is known today as one of Italy’s most active and original galleries in the fields of historical design, new contemporary design, antique carpets and furniture. The gallery, now housed in a three storey space on Milan’s prestigious via della Spiga, was founded by Nina Yashar in 1979. Juxtaposing rugs and furnishings from diverse epochs and regions of the world, Nilufar mines design history and consistently presents eclectic and unexpected exhibitions with unmistakable style.

Galerie du Passage, Pierre Passebon, Paris (France)
XXth century design and furniture

In 1991, Pierre Passebon opens the Galerie du Passage in one of the most attractive covered passages of Paris, the Galerie Véro-Dodat, with a neoclassical decor going back to 1826. Furniture and objets of the 20th century are spread on two floors, arranged in unusual combination. His style is known for an attractive mix of rare and precious to eccentricity and functionality. Pierre Passebon regularly organises temporary exhibitions. Artists of the 20th (Gio Ponti, Verner Panton, Jean Royère, Alexandre Noll) or contemporary artists (Vincent Corbière, Patrice Dangel, Gérard Drouillet) renew ties with the great tradition of craftwork.

R 20th Century, Zesty Meyers & Evan Snyderman, New York City (USA)
International selection of rare and unique designs from the past century

R2Oth Century works to showcase and preserve important design of the mid century modern movement, as well as share the history of their development and production. Through exhibiting work by specific designers and by publishing accompanying catalogues, R20th hopes to expand the public awareness of its work, as well as the work of a number of dynamic contemporary artists that they represent.

Clara Scremini Gallery, Clara Scremini, Paris (France)
Contemporary glass

Since the early 80’s, the Clara Scremini Gallery has presented the most outstanding and cutting-edge contemporary glass and ceramic artists. As a gallery committed to maintain this ethos, it is hoped that the DesignArt London will become an essential ‘rendez-vous’ for these artistic expressions.

Sebastian + Barquet, Stéphanie Tham, New York City (USA)
Design furniture

Launched in New York in 2005, Sebastian + Barquet holds the finest examples of furniture and decorative works of art. The Chelsea Gallery (New York) presents eight exhibitions a year, showcasing monumental craftsmen who have left an indelible mark on the design landscape. The aim is to provide discerning clients with the highest quality and most unique pieces of vintage furniture from the last century. Sebastian + Barquet’s immense collection contains masterpieces ranging from fin-de-siecle to present day, as well as designs that draw inspiration from East to West. Designer Jean Royere perfectly translates the goal of Sebastian + Barquet: ‘To create a harmonious spectacle to enchant the eye, rejoice the heart and elevate the spirit’.

Galerie Patrick Seguin, Patrick Seguin, Paris (France)
XXth century furniture and architecture

Patrick Seguin, member of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts, is a prominent figure in the world of XXth century design. Based in Paris, Patrick Seguin has, thanks to a passionate enthusiasm and an energetic determination, defended internationally the talent of designers characteristic of France’s post-World-War II era, including Prouve, Le Corbusier and Jouve. Today such work is considered to be an essential component of the history of XXth century Design.


The Selection Committee

The selection committee comprises well-known contemporary art and design dealers and is responsible for assessing each new candidate in terms of quality and aesthetics in order to make an informed decision over their participation in DesignArt London.

The members of the selection committee are:

Juliet Burrows, Antik, New York (USA)
Pearl Lam, Contrast Gallery, Shangai (China)
David Gill, David Gill Galleries, London (UK)
Francois Laffanour, Galerie Downtown, Paris (France)

DesignArt London is organised by SOC - Société d’Organisation Culturelle – Paris
102, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
75008 paris
T : +33 (0) 1 53 30 85 20
F : +33 (0) 1 53 30 85 25


Patrick Perrin
SOC’s chairperson | Société d’Organisation Culturelle - Paris

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