Ron Arad - Time for Design London Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

  • Literature

    'Ron Arad, Sedili in acciaio inossidabile', Domus, no. 741, September 1992, p. 66 for an image and a drawing
    Ron Arad Studio, exh. cat., Galleria Internos, Milan, 1994, n.p
    Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, p. 66
    Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2001, exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, p. 36
    Design Contre Design, exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2007, pp. 176-77
    Paola Antonelli, Jonathan Safran Foer, Marie-Laure Jousset, Ron Arad: No Discipline, exh. cat., The Centre Pompidou, New York, 2008, pp. 96-97 for an image and a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'London Papardelle' is a key piece in Ron Arad's career, making a transition from his work with found objects and materials towards editioned pieces.

    Deyan Sudjic

  • 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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Donated by Rolf Sachs


Important 'London Papardelle'

Woven polished stainless steel, stainless steel.
101 x 260 x 57 cm (39 3/4 x 102 3/8 x 22 1/2 in.) fully extended
Produced by One Off Ltd., London, UK. Number 1 from the edition of 5 plus 3 artist's proofs.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £89,500

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Time for Design

London Auction 28 April 2016