Born in Tel Aviv, the top product designer Ron Arad studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and at the Architectural Association in London. As a contemporary Israeli industrial and product designer, artist, and modern architect, he is responsible for numerous innovations in the fields of rapid manufacturing and integrated technology. One Hundred Edition brings to you some of these most remarkable works and projects!
“For me, to design is to do something that doesn’t exist before you design it. It could be a small thing, it could be a huge tower.”
“I believe that everything you do, if it is visible enough, or visible at all, and if it offers something new, is part of a dialogue.”
Recognized as a Postmodernist furniture designer, he opened the office One Off Ltd. in London together with Caroline Thorman and began to handcraft eccentric furnishings made mostly out of welded steel sheeting with distinctive sculptural forms. He also founded Ron Arad Associates Ltd. together with Canadian architect Alison Brooks in 1989 and since the late 1980s, the top product designer has also designed modern furniture for series production. In 1994, he established his own design studio – Ron Arad Studio – in Como, Italy, and taught product design as a guest professor at the Vienna University of Technology until 1997. Since 1997 till now, he has held a professorship for furniture design and industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London.
His constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminum, or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and modern architecture.
Alongside his limited-edition studio work, Ron Arad designs for many leading international furniture brands including Kartell, Vitra, Moroso, Fiam, Driade, Alessi, Cappellini, and Cassina.
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