Ron Arad (industrial designer)

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Ron Arad
Ron Arad - Venice Biennale 2004.jpg
Ron Arad (2004)
Born (1951-04-24) April 24, 1951 (age 67)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Occupation industrial designer, artist, and architect
Tel Aviv Bauhaus Museum
The Design Museum in Holon

Ron Arad (Hebrew: רון ארד; born 24 April 1951)[1] is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect.[2][3]


The Big Easy Chair, chrome

Arad was born in Tel Aviv. He attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem between 1971–73 and the Architectural Association in London from 1974–79.[4] In 1989, with Caroline Thorman, he founded Arad Associates, an architecture and design firm, in London. His brother is the violist and educator Atar Arad.

Arad was described in 1999 as a "big, gruff, bovver-booted sort of bloke; cropped hair roughly the same length as the mannered facial stubble".[5]


Arad's career as a designer began with the Rover chair, a leather car seat of a Rover V8 2L anchored on a tubular steel frame.[6] He was Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art from 1997 to 2009.[7][8] Arad designed in 1994 the Bookworm bookshelf, which was still produced in 2011 by the Italian company Kartell.[9]

Arad's work has been described as "scary", considering its "macho concrete and cut metal; tense sheets of tempered steel and guillotine edges".[5]

In 2005, Arad designed chandeliers for the Swarovski crystal company which if one has the number, can display text messages that are sent to it by incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) operated by SMS text messages.[7] He also has had tables that climb walls instead of being centered in the room. Arad's works are often worked into distinctive biomorphic shapes and are created from his medium of choice, steel.[10] He made plans to expand his studio in 2008.[11]

In 2008–09, Arad paired with KENZO to create his first perfume bottle. The bottle was on display in his exhibit No Discipline.[12]

He has also designed the Design Museum Holon together with Bruno Asa, which was opened in Israel in 2010.[13]

In 2010, Arad started his collaboration with New Eye London to design an eyewear collection.

Arad's installation “720 Degrees” opened at the sculpture garden of the Israel Museum in August 2012. It consists of 5,600 silicon rods that form a circle 26 feet above the garden. Visitors view projected images standing inside or outside the structure.[14]

Arad designed the ToHA office complex in Tel Aviv, under construction until 2018.[15] Once completed, it will be the tallest skyscraper in Israel.[15]

In 2017, Arad won the competition to design the UK Holocaust Memorial in collaboration with Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye.[16]

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  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 33, 24 April 2014 
  2. ^ "Ron Arad, artist, designer and architect". designboom. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Burnett, Kate (11 March 2010). "Ron Arad". idfx. Retrieved 19 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ BONLUXAT (June 14, 2006), Ron Arad Biography, BONLUXAT, retrieved September 17, 2011 
  5. ^ a b Gillilan, Lesley (May 23, 1999). "Interiors: Well-tempered rooms". The Independent. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "An exclusive interview with Ron Arad -". Alexia interviews influential people in the arts | artflyer. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  7. ^ a b Dezeen (August 9, 2011), Curtain Call by Ron Arad at the Roundhouse., Dezeen, retrieved September 17, 2011 
  8. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony. "Ron Arad". Interview. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  9. ^ BONLUXAT (June 14, 2006), Ron Arad Biography, BONLUXAT, retrieved September 17, 2011 
  10. ^ Judith Gura (December 2008), Curves Ahead, Art+Auction, retrieved December 15, 2008 
  11. ^ Abrahams, Charlotte (3 August 2008). "My space: Ron Arad, architect and designer". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Ron Arad has designed for Kenzo, Designophy, April 17, 2009, retrieved September 17, 2011 
  13. ^ Welcome to Design Museum Holon, Design Museum Holon, 2010, retrieved September 17, 2011 
  14. ^ Ron Arad to Bring a Levitating Circular Cinema to the Israel Museum
  15. ^ a b Mafi, Nick (October 13, 2016). "Ron Arad Architects Unveils Plans for Israel's Tallest Skyscraper". Architectural Digest. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
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