Ron Arad - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ron Arad Associates, London; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Private collection

  • Exhibited

    New York, Barry Friedman Ltd., Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2004, 2005 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    M. Collings, Ron Arad talks to Matthew Collings about designing chairs, vases, buildings and..., London, 2004, pp. 78-79 (illustrated); Exhibition catalogue, Barry Friedman Ltd., Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2004, New York, 2005, p. 38 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Combining playful forms and experiments with advanced technologies, Ron Arad has emerged as one of the most influential designers of our time. Born in Tel Aviv, he moved to London in 1973 to study architecture and made his name in the early 1980s as a self taughtdesigner-maker of sculptural furniture. He now works across both design and architecture. Consistently inventive and challenging, Ron Arad has studiously avoided categorisation by curators and critics throughout his career. He never wanted a profession as such –whether as architect, product or furniture designer – but his reputation in each of these fields is formidable; as the outsider continually questioning established practices and institutions. (Ron Arad press release from British Design Museum, 2007)

  • 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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Oh-Void 2

Designed 2002
Carbon fibre, Nomex resin-impregnated paper.
78 x 59 x 108 cm. (30.7 x 23.2 x 42.5 in).
Incised ‘Ron Arad' and numbered of twenty along the lower edge. This work is from an edition of twenty plus five artist's proofs. Produced by The Gallery Mourmans, The Netherlands.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £55,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm