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Paris + Art + Design equals the PAD. The meeting place for battle-hardened dealers presenting contemporary art and design from the 20th and 21st centuries. The PAD is the place for lovers of beauty. Beautiful furniture and also pieces of contemporary art. So we’re mixing things up to present the whole thing and take a trip through time. In the end, all the pieces are works of art. From Italian lighting of the 1930s to French designer furniture, all mixed up with the new generation of creatives, such as Wilmott… Romain Torri is one of the young gallery owners who will be a key player in this unmissable Parisian event. And it’s not his first. As a young Parisian, Romain follows his instinct. He likes to display works by his favourite artists in his place. When they are exhibited there, Romain likes to look at them and admire them, just for the sheer pleasure of it. Because that’s the purpose of a work of art, to be capable of creating emotion at every instant. Now it’s up to us to follow the PAD to explore its new installation which promises to be absolutely stunning.
PAD : From the 31st of March to the 3rd of April – Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris.
Roman, can you briefly introduce yourself?
After studying Art History in Paris, I worked for some time with experts in furniture and art objects. It was during that time, I was aware of the scope of decorative arts and furniture in such a broad period that went from the Middle Ages, the eighteenth century to the early twentieth. I’ve retained that passion and curiosity for furniture because this is the essence of a domestic world. I attach much importance to contemporary art.
What is next for PAD?
This year for PAD, I wanted to focus on an environment rather than a collection. We staged a domestic world based upon a contemporary living room. I asked four designers I work with to create a piece of furniture that we presented exclusively on our stand. The designers are Fredrik Paulsen, Fabien Cappello, Clemence Seilles and Victoria Wilmotte.
How long have you had the gallery?
The gallery has existed for just over five years. I’ve found by having the gallery I can remain closer to the works.
Which artist do you admire the most?
My design tastes are rather eclectic but in general I like the Bauhaus and other modernist movements that have shaped and defined the early twentieth century. Gropius, Van de Rohe, Hoffman, Wagner and so on created lifestyles and approached method that applied across the board of visual arts, architecture and design. This resulted in lines and an aesthetic that I really appreciate.
At home, you collect a lot of objects by the designers you represent, is this a way of generalizing the pieces that are exposed puclicly?
In terms of current designers, I am a huge fan of Pierre Charpin, Martin Szekely, Victoria Wilmotte and Max Lamb. They each know how to make the best of their chosen medium and transpose it to a personal universe. For visual arts, I like minimal art especially abstract paintings. What I like most however, is the dialogue between objects. I collect objects and blend the periods and styles together in my home.
What are your upcoming shows?
Apichatpong Weerasethkul an independent Thai filmmaker who won the Palme d’Or. It will be his first exhibition in a gallery in France which is exciting. After that, in June, it is Mathieu Mercier.
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