Ron Arad

Ron Arad is a leading and eminent industrial designer, architect and artist, known for his creative and innovative designs. He was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his “sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry” in 2002.

Ron Arad
Ron Arad

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About his life

Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designerartist, and architect. Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad co-founded with Caroline Thorman the design and production studio One Off in 1981 and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates architecture and design practice. In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates.


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What are Arad’s style main features ?

Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with the boundaries and possibilities of materials, from metals to composites, and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of objects and buildings, large and small, has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.

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Design took a radical turn in the 1980s, deconstructing the rigid ideology of the Bauhaus – often with great humor. Avant-garde designers like Philippe Starck and Ron Arad brazenly borrowed from the “historical closet” of previous styles and created biomorphic forms with whimsical names like Arad’s Big Easy Red Chair, the After Spring Before Summer Chaise Lounge and the Empty Chair.

Big Easy Red Chair
Big Easy Red Chair

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His early furniture combined materials associated with the high-tech style and the French objets trouve to produce poetic post-industrial “readymades.” Whether working on furniture or architecture, everything Arad does demonstrates his belief that design has a responsibility not only to utility but also to surprise and delight.

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Zigo, 1992, Driade
Zigo, 1992, Driade

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What are his most famous creations?

PRODUCT

Some of the early celebrated works by Arad include the remarkable Rover Chair, which was produced by joining together two ready-made pieces, a scrap yard seat of a Rover 200 fused with a frame of Kee-Klamp scaffolding. Other products such as the stereo cast in concrete produced in 1983, and the Tinker chair made by beaten steel, took over the London public of the 80s by rage, the people, overindulged in the spirit of post-punk nihilism and harsh individualism, took a deep fascination to Arad’s methods of fusing used scrapes of materials, and that demonstrated to them, an escape from the infestations of urbanism.

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Rover chair by Ron Arad
Rover chair by Ron Arad
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Tinker Chair
Tinker Chair
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SCULPTURE
Arad’s public sculptures include Big Blue in Canary Wharf (2000), Evergreen! in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo (2003), Kesher, in Tel Aviv (2011) and Vortext in Seoul, South Korea (2011).
Big Blue, 2000 for Canary Wharf Group
Big Blue, 2000 for Canary Wharf Group

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ARCHITECTURE

Architectural projects include the foyer at the Tel Aviv Opera House (1994), Hotel Puerta America, Madrid (2005), Hotel Duomo, Rimini (2006), Mediacite shopping centre in Liege, Belgium (2009), and the award-winning Design Museum Holon, Israel (2010).

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Ron Arad RA, Design Museum Holon.
Ron Arad RA, Design Museum Holon.
Ron Arad RA, Hotel Duomo, Rimini.
Ron Arad RA, Hotel Duomo, Rimini.

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