l: ron arad r:
ron arad associates studios, chalk farm, london
born in tel aviv in 1951, studied at the jerusalem academy of art (1971-73), moved to
london and studied at the architectural association in london (1974-79),
1981 with caroline thorman established 'one off ltd', a design studio, workshops and
showroom in covent garden.
1989 (with caroline thorman) founded 'ron arad associates', an architecture and design
pratice in chalk farm.
in 1994 he established the 'ron arad studio', design and production unit in como, italy.
his london studio has increasingly produced individual pieces made of sheet steel,
and he always mischievously exploits their formal and functional possibilities to the
fullest. the 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.
ron arad was a guest professor at the hochschule in vienna from 1994 to 1997
and is currently the professor of industrial and furniture design at the rca in london.
arad was guest editor of the 1994 'international design yearbook' .
his work has been widely featured in many design/architectural books and magazines
world-wide. 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,
the vitra design museum, germany.
arad’s architectural projects include the tel aviv opera in israel, the 'belgo restaurants'
in london, the development of a concept of sport cafes for adidas and the new flagship adidas stadium, paris.
among his major exhibitions are:
1996 /1997/1998 'ron arad and ingo maurer', spazio krizia, milan
2000 'not made by hand, not made in china' galleria gio marconi milan
2000 'before and after now", victoria and albert museum, london
designboom met ron arad
at his studio on the 5th of october 2000, in london.
who would you like to design something for?
I want to design for the things themselves. there’s no one who I’d love to design for.
when you are working, do you discuss or exchange ideas with your colleagues?
all the time, I talk as I work, and I talk about design with colleagues.
some people are more intimate, and closer, but you work from within.
describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it
a good friend of mine would say what sort of question is this? (laughs)
there are all sorts of different discussions and interests going on at the same time,
interests shift from one day to the next, when you look back you can see there
is a single thread.
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