Ron Arad - Design London Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    'The Dogs Barked', de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich

  • Literature

    The Dogs Barked, exh. cat., de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, 2006, n.p.; Sophie Lovell, Limited Edition: Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture, Basel, 2009, p. 180

  • 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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‘Blo Void 4’

Anodised and mirror-polished super-plastic aluminium, woven aluminium mesh.
120 cm. (47 1/4 in.) high
Produced by The Gallery Mourmans, The Netherlands. Number three from an edition of six.  Side incised with ’Ron Arad 3 / 6’.

£100,000 - 150,000 


30 Apr 2009, 2pm