Ron Arad is a Israeli industrial designer born in 1951. He’s also known because of his work as an architect and as an artist.
In the the 70’s, he first attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and then, the Architectural Association in London.
But it is in the 80’s, in Italy, that he finds the design industry and when he truly became renowned.
He founded his first creative studio in 1981, the “One Off Ltd”, and that’s when he really reached the success.
He designed the Rover’s seats, the “Well-Tempered Chair”, the book shelf “Bookworm” (produced by Kartell), a chandelier for the Swarovski crystal company, etc. and between 1997 and 2009, he was head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art .
In 2008, he made plans to expand his studio and he also projected the Bauhaus Museum, in Tel Aviv. 2010 was the year that he projected (with Bruno Asa), the Holon Design Museum.
Arad explores the technology and the materials in a quite new way and the forms that he presents are as well, innovative.
Manipulation, transformation and experimentation are the watchwords of his creations’s spirit. His design is characterized by pure and biomorphic shapes, unconventional forms and a special preference for the curves, using as often as he can, steel.
His approach is, in fact, more of an artist than an industrial designer, because the object function is not always the purpose in his design pieces.
He already collaborated with several respected names as Vitra, Cassina, Driade, Fiam, Kartell, Artemide, Alessi, Flos etc. and had exhibitions in well-known museums but also in smaller galleries, like Centre de Pompidou, MoMA, Barbican Art Gallery, and also the Galerie Downtown François Laffanour.
Galerie Downtown François Laffanour represents others talented Designers as Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, Serge Mouille, Isamu Noguchi, etc. and it is located near the Seine River, in Paris.