Ron Arad - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Mourmanns, Maastricht; Patrick Brillet Fine Art, London

  • Literature

    Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, pp. 60-61 and 101

  • Catalogue Essay

    The lightness of the Nomex honeycomb paper and the sturdiness of the carbon fiber in the "All Light Long" table allow for the design to be light enough for two people to easily lift, yet strong enough for a car to be parked on it.  The design and use of materials exemplifies Arad's playful approach to the design and his recognition of the potential of new technology and its role within contemporary design.

  • Artist Biography

    Ron Arad

    Israeli • 1951

    Ron Arad's work and career is characterized by his movement between modes and constant experimentation. Arad was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1951 and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art before moving to London in 1973. He began his practice in London in the early 1980s and set up One Off Ltd, focused on limited edition objects, with his partner Caroline Thorman. A decade later he had moved to industrial production techniques and collaborations with large design firms such as Vitra and Kartell.

    A persistent theme throughout his work is innovation and the idea of the "new." Still producing work today, Arad uses the latest technology to produce his designs and also integrates it within his pieces, such as his Lolita Chandelier (2004) that can receive and display text messages. Arad also continually experiments with materials and has an exceptional skill to coax volume and undulation out of them, with a particular affinity for metal. His works such as The Big Easy chair (1988) walk the line between design and sculpture. Once an outsider, Arad's relentless energy to design, build and collaborate has placed him firmly within the highest ranks of the design world.

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“All Light Long” table

Coated carbon fiber, Nomex honeycomb paper.
30 x 129 x 48 in. (76.2 x 327.7 x 121.9 cm)
Base of one side incised “Ron Arad 16/20.”  Number 16 from an edition of 20, plus five artist’s proofs.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $193,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York