Ron Arad - Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Gallery Mourmans, The Netherlands
    Barry Friedman, New York

  • Literature

    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, p. 205, similar example on p. 212
    Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Designing the 21st Century, Cologne, 2001, similar example on p. 40
    Matthew Collings, Ron Arad talks to Matthew Collings, New York, 2004, similar examples on pp. 96–97
    Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981–2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, similar examples on pp. 16–19

  • 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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Unique ‘B.O.O.P. (Blown Out of Proportion)’ vase

Inflated superplastic aluminium.
106 x 104.1 x 20.3 cm (41 3/4 x 40 7/8 x 7 7/8 in)
Produced by Ron Arad Associates, UK for The Gallery Mourmans, The Netherlands. Incised with ‘Ron Arad’.

£15,000 - 20,000 ‡ ♠


26 April 2012