The Collectors: Patrick Perrin
The PAD London founder is passionate about 18th- and 19th-century French drawings, African coins, and yari-saya spear sheaths from Japan
As the founder of PAD, the biannual design fair taking place in Paris and London, Patrick Perrin is exposed to an endless parade of stellar works from around the world. He is a lifelong collector, with passions that are just as varied as his holdings, from 18th- and 19th-century French drawings to African coins and yari-saya spear sheaths from Japan, which he displays in layered vignettes that are constantly shifting as he parts with some pieces and acquires others.
“My entire life has always revolved around art and objects,” says Perrin, who just oversaw PAD London’s 15th anniversary installation. “I am a compulsive collector. When I find something I love, I have to buy it.”
Career influence: “I collect because I’ve been a dealer; now I am a fair organizer, and I am a fair organizer because I collect works of art. Collecting has always been part of my life.”
Acquisition strategy: “Absolutely none, just a feeling, a desire, an irresistible urge, one that is immediate and deprived of any rational thinking.”
Common thread: “Apart from my uncontrollable collecting habit that would make me buy several paintings or ceramics from an artist I fall in love with, there is no common thread in my choices. Just an emotion.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2023 Late Fall Issue under the headline “The Collectors.” Subscribe to the magazine.