Monday, May 3, 2010


Israeli industrial designer, artist and architect Ron Arad (1951 - ) is perhaps most known for producing individual pieces made of sheet steel, his medium of choice, that mischievously exploit their formal and functional possibilities to the fullest. Their sculptural forms often have an unexpected impact which first emerges during use, and are just as much a result of graphic design as the experimental work that goes on in the workshop. Arad established architecture and design studios with Caroline Thorman in Chalk Farm London and Como Italy. He served as Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art in London from the late 90s till last year. His work has been widely featured in many design/architectural books and magazines world-wide. Arad designs for many leading companies including among others Moroso, Driade, Alessi, Kartell, Draenert, Vitra, Fiam, and Flos. He has exhibited at many major museums and galleries throughout the world and his work is in many public collections including, among others, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y., the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Arad’s architectural projects include the Tel Aviv Opera in Israel, the Selfridges Technology Hall in London,
the Maserati Headquarters/Showroom in Italy, the Belgo restaurants in London, the development of a concept of sport cafes for Adidas and the new flagship Adidas stadium in Paris.

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Europa sofa for Draenert (top)
Victoria and Albert sofa for Moroso (2nd)
Ripple chair for Moroso (3rd)
Screw stool for Driade (4th)
Three Skin chair for Moroso (bottom)

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