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Ron Arad

Ron Arad prominent designer for interior furnishings with works exhibited in the best museums

Ron Arad born in Tel Aviv in 1951. Trained as an architect, artist and designer. After attending the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, he moved to London to study at the Architectural Association, where he trained with Bernard Tschumi. At the age of thirty, in 1981, he founded the One Off studio together with Caroline Thorman. In 1989 he founded Ron Arad Associates and in 1994 the opening of the Ron Arad Studio in Como. In 2008 he created Ron Arad Architects. His inspiration lies between art and design, with a research characterized by the expressive and productive possibilities using materials such as steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and polyethylene. Alongside his work as a designer, he has also been a visiting professor at the Vienna Hochschule and the Royal College of Art in London.

The design and early days of Ron Arad

After his debuts and successes with projects such as the Rover 1981 chair, the Aerial 1981 table lamp, the Transformer 1985 chair, Ron Arad begins to work with influential and prestigious brands in the sector. He designed the Bookworm 1997 wall bookcase for Kartell and the FPE Fantastic Plastic Elastic stackable chairs, 1997; the Spring Collection 1991 chair, the Victoria and Albert sofa 2000, the Ripple Chair 2005 and the Misfits chairs and ottomans 2007 for Moroso. He designed the Tom Vac chair for Vitra in 1997, which is exhibited together with many other accessories in the exhibition Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon! exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. He designed the Babyboop vase in stainless steel for Alessi and the armchair in Clover and the MT3 chair for Driade; for iGuzzini the Pizzakobra table lamp, for Venini precious blown glass vases and for Nude various sets of crystal glasses.

An escalation of designs suitable for all types of furnishings

In 1994 he designed the Foyer of the Tel Aviv Opera House, where in 2008 he also inaugurated the Bauhaus Museum. In 2009 he designed the Médiacité shopping complex in Liège, Belgium, and in 2010 the Design Museum Holon in Israel, with Bruno Asa. Another memorable project is the Fiat 500 Couture, presented in 2014 under the name of 500 Ron Arad Edition, produced in a limited series. His works of art and design can be found in the most prestigious museums in the world, such as the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. His work is widely published internationally in numerous books and journals.