Ron Arad - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Ernest Mourmans, Maastricht

  • Literature

    Deyan Sudic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, illustrated pp. 208 and 210-211 and pp. 201-211 for a discussion about the “B.O.O.P” series; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Designing the 21st Century, Cologne, 2001, p. 37 for a similar example; Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, pp.16-19 for B.O.O.P works

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ron Arad’s “B.O.O.P.” collection (Blown Out Of Proportion), produced in collaboration with Ernest Mourmans,uses Arad's breakthrough innovation of inflating aluminum which, at very high temperatures (500 degrees centigrade), can be blown like glass using high air pressure through enormous heat-resistant stencils, without the use of moulds. The highly polished curvaceous surface reflects itself, making the voids and valleys even more dramatic and creating an expressive and layered object.

    During his career, Arad’s work has run the gamut from ready-mades to conceptual objects to technological masterpieces. Arad was born in Tel Aviv, Israel but resides and works in London. As well as producing one-off and limited production pieces, Arad also works with manufacturers such as Kartell, Vitra, Moroso and Alessi designing objects for a wider audience. In addition he works on architectural commissions - projects include the Tel Aviv Opera House, Battersea Power Station and the Holon Design Museum. He is Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art in London and has led the Design Products Master course since 1997.

  • 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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Unique "B.O.O.P" coffee table

Inflated aluminum, enamel.
15 3/4 x 90 1/8 x 31 1/2 in. (40 x 228.9 x 80 cm)
Produced by Ron Arad Associates, London.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £78,000

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm