Ron Arad (industrial designer)

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Ron Arad
Born (1951-04-24) 24 April 1951 (age 72)
Occupation(s)industrial designer, artist, and architectural designer
Design Museum Holon at 2010 opening in Holon, Israel

Ron Arad, RDI (Hebrew: רון ארד; born (1951-04-24)24 April 1951)[1] is a British-Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architectural designer.[2][3]


The Big Easy Chair, chrome
Windwand (Carbon fibre, 2000) by Ron Arad, located at Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf, London, Great Britain[4]

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, to a Jewish family. He studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem between 1971–73, and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London from 1974-79.[5] Ron Arad co-founded the design and production studio One Off in 1981 with Caroline Thorman. Ron Arad Associates [1] architecture and design practice was formed in 1989 and in 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates, with Caroline Thorman and Asa Bruno. His brother is the violist and educator Atar Arad.


Arad's career as a designer began with the Rover chair, a leather seat from a Rover P6 on a steel frame.{[citation needed]

Ron Arad’s subsequent and tireless experimentation with the possibilities of materials and technology, and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of objects large and small has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.

Ron Arad was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2002, in recognition of his ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’, and was awarded the London Design Medal in 2011. He was professor of Design at the Hochschule in Vienna from 1994 to 1997, and later Professor of Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London up until 2009, when he was made Professor Emeritus. In 2013 he was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Ron Arad has won numerous additional international awards, holds an Honorary Doctorate at Tel Aviv University, and is regularly and widely published. His work features in dozens of prestigious public collections and has been widely exhibited in record-setting shows, including at the MoMA (NYC), the V&A (London) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).

Ron Arad has designed for all major international furniture and design brands, including ZEUS, Vitra, Kartell, Moroso, Alessi, Driade, Cappellini, Cassina, WMF, Swarovski, Roca and Magis. He has collaborated with a variety of fashion, technology and luxury brands, including Adidas, Nestle, Fiat, Samsung, LG, Bombay Sapphire, Hennessy, Ruinart, Kenzo, and Le Coq Sportif, to name a few. His public art works have adorned public spaces in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Milan, Toronto, Tel Aviv and Singapore.

Under his direction the architectural side of the practice has completed award winning projects such as the Maserati Showroom in Modena, Italy (2002), Yohji Yamamoto Flagship Store in Tokyo (2003), the Design Museum Holon in Israel (2010) and the Mediacite retail centre in Liège, Belgium. The practice is currently overseeing the construction of a 160,000 m² office development in Tel Aviv, and a new Cancer Hospital in the north of Israel due to be completed in 2021. Ron Arad Architects have also designed the UK Holocaust Memorial, as part of the team responsible for the prestigious, recently-won UK National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre project, due for completion in 2022.

Ron Arad was Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art from 1997 to 2009.[6][7] Arad designed in 1994 the Bookworm bookshelf, which is still in production by the Italian company Kartell.[8]

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.[6] 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.[9] He made plans to expand his studio in 2008.[10]

In 2008–09, Arad paired with KENZO to create his first perfume bottle. The bottle was on display in his exhibit No Discipline.[11]

He has also designed the Design Museum Holon together with Asa Bruno, which was opened in Israel in 2010.[12]

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 silicone cords that form a circle 26 feet above the garden. Visitors view projected images standing inside or outside the structure.[13]

Arad designed the ToHA office complex in Tel Aviv, the first phase of which was completed in early 2019.[14] The second phase which is currently in development will, once completed, be among the tallest skyscrapers in Israel.[14]

In 2017, Arad won the competition to design the UK Holocaust Memorial as Memorial Architects, and part of a team led by Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye with Gustafson, Porter + Bowman landscape architects.[15]

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  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 33, 24 April 2014
  2. ^ "Ron Arad, artist, designer and architect". designboom. 5 October 2000. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  3. ^ Burnett, Kate (11 March 2010). "Ron Arad". idfx. Retrieved 19 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Ron Arad: WindwandCanary Wharf Art Trail. Canary Wharf Group. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  5. ^ BONLUXAT (14 June 2006), Ron Arad Biography, BONLUXAT, retrieved 17 September 2011
  6. ^ a b Dezeen (9 August 2011), Curtain Call by Ron Arad at the Roundhouse., Dezeen, retrieved 17 September 2011
  7. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony. "Ron Arad". Interview. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  8. ^ BONLUXAT (14 June 2006), Ron Arad Biography, BONLUXAT, retrieved 17 September 2011
  9. ^ Judith Gura (December 2008), Curves Ahead, Art+Auction, retrieved 15 December 2008
  10. ^ Abrahams, Charlotte (3 August 2008). "My space: Ron Arad, architect and designer". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  11. ^ Ron Arad has designed for Kenzo, Designophy, 17 April 2009, retrieved 17 September 2011
  12. ^ Welcome to Design Museum Holon, Design Museum Holon, 2010, retrieved 17 September 2011
  13. ^ Ron Arad to Bring a Levitating Circular Cinema to the Israel Museum
  14. ^ a b Mafi, Nick (13 October 2016). "Ron Arad Architects Unveils Plans for Israel's Tallest Skyscraper". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects win UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition".

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