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  • Literature

    Dejan Sudjic, Ron Arad: Restless Furniture, London, 1989, p. 111
    Alexander von Vegesack, Ron Arad: Sticks and Stones, One Offs & Short Runs, 1980–1990, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1990, similar example on p. 81
    Museu do Design: Luxo, Pop, Cool, de 1937 Até Hoje, exh. cat., Museu do Design, Lisbon, 1999, similar example in fig. 223
    Matthew Collings, Ron Arad talks to Matthew Collings, New York, 2004, pp. 92–93
    Ron Arad, A Retrospective Exhibition 1981–2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, pp. 76–77, 102
    Ron Arad, exh. cat., Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 2010, n.p.

  • 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 2 for 2' sofa

circa 1989
Mirror-polished stainless steel.
102 x 195 x 84 cm (40 1/8 x 76 3/4 x 33 1/8 in)
Handmade by Ron Arad Studio, Italy. Number 14 from the edition of 20 plus five artist’s proofs. Incised with ‘Ron Arad 14 / 20’.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £73,250

Design

26 April 2012
London