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

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  • Provenance

    Gifted to the present owner, 1996

  • Literature

    Sticks & Stones: One Offs & Short Runs, Ron Arad 1980-1990, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1990, pp. 112, 113
    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, pp. 58, 59
    Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, pp. 66, 67, 101
    Paola Antonelli, Jonathan Safran Foer and Marie-Laure Jousset, Ron Arad: No Discipline, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2009, pp. 82, 83

  • 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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'Little Heavy' chair

circa 1989
Mirror-polished stainless steel.
76 x 58 x 67.7 cm (29 7/8 x 22 7/8 x 26 5/8 in.)
Produced by One Off, London, UK. From the edition of 20 plus 5 artist's proofs.

£15,000 - 20,000 Ω

Sold for £27,720

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London Auction 12 May 2022