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

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  • Literature

    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad: Restless Furniture, New York, 1989, pp. 106-107 for similar examples; Claire Downey, Neo Furniture, London, 1992, p. 132; Ron Arad: Sticks & Stones: One Offs & Short Runs, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1995, p. 3; Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, p. 57; Matthew Collings, Ron Arad Talks to Matthew Collings, London, 2004, pp. 92-93 for a mirror-polished ‘Big Easy’ sofa; Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, 2005, p. 80 for a similar example; Marie-Laure Jousset, Sir Christopher Frayling and Jonathan Safran Foer, et al., Ron Arad No Discipline, exh. cat., Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2008, p. 78

  • 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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‘Big Easy Volume II’ lounge chair

designed 1988
Mirror-polished stainless steel. 
94 cm. (37 in.) high
Produced by Ron Arad Studio, Italy.  One of five artist’s proofs for the edition of 20.  Underside signed in marker with ‘Ron Arad/AP’.

£50,000 - 70,000 Ω ♠


30 Apr 2009, 2pm