Ron Arad - Design London Thursday, May 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Canada, acquired directly from One Off Ltd., London, 1989
    Sotheby's, New York, 'Important 20th Century Design', 9 December 2005, lot 10
    Stanley J. Seeger
    Sotheby's, London, '1000 Ways of Seeing, the Private Collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger', 5 March 2014, lot 987
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad: Restless Furniture, London, 1989, p. 103
    Alexander von Vegesack, ed., Ron Arad: Sticks and Stones, One Offs & Short Runs, 1980-1990, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1990, pp. 92, 93
    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, p. 64

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips wishes to thank Caroline Thorman from Ron Arad Associates for her assistance in cataloguing the present lot.

  • 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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'Italian Fish' armchair

Polished stainless steel and patinated mild steel.
88.8 x 95.6 x 65 cm (34 7/8 x 37 5/8 x 25 5/8 in.)
Produced by One Off Ltd, London, UK. Number 9 from the edition of 20. Underside inscribed One Off.

£30,000 - 50,000 Ω

Sold for £50,400

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London Auction 12 May 2022