Ron Arad - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London; Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York

  • Literature

    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, p. 60 for an example of the “After Spring” daybed; Matthew Collings, Ron Arad Talks to Matthew Collings, London, 2004, pp. 222-223 for an example of the “After Spring” daybed; Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, pp. 54 and 101 for an example in polished bronze

  • Catalogue Essay

    “After Spring, a chair in one line, thickening in the centre and tapering to the extremes. The rocking base appears to be too small to support the rocking movement, but is made stable by the heavy internal weighting. The thin ends contain tempered-steel “bones” that give them strength and flexibility.”

    -- Ron Arad (Collings, 2004)

  • 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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Before Summer

Mirrored-polished stainless steel. Produced by Ron Arad Associates, London, UK.
52 3/4 x 71 5/8 x 14 7/8 in. (134 x 181.9 x 37.8 cm)
Engraved with signature “Ron Arad .P.A.” This work is from an edition of five plus three artist’s proofs.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £120,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm