A true artist, Ron Arad showcases a beautiful collection of furniture, architecture projects and an unbelievable design technique and personality that is hard to come by. Today, we’ll talk about this inspirational British-Israeli industrial design artist, so scroll down to find out more about him.
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Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951, the son of a photographer and a painter. Ever since he was very young he was interested in drawing, a passion that seemed to grow and develop as years went by. He moved to London in 1973, where he studied under Peter Cook and B Tschumi at the Architectural Association for several years before establishing One Off Ltd in 1981 with Caroline Thorman in Covent Garden, London – a showroom, design studio and workshop. That’s where it all started.
His first success was with a range of furniture and interior structures in tube and cast iron fittings, as well as his Rover Chair, the vacuum-packed Transformer Chair and the remote-controlled Aerial Light. His later work explores the use of tempered steel, first in the Well-Tempered Chair and later in the popular Bookworm.
In 1989, he founded Ron Arad Associates, Architecture and Design practice with Caroline Thorman. By 1993 he’d incorporated One Off into Ron Arad Associates, and the next year he established Ron Arad Studios in Como to continue to expand on the production studio pieces as previously produced in the London workshops.
He is the head of product design at the Royal College of Arts. He’s also run several workshops for students, including those at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Vitra Farm in France and Ravenna in Italy. He continues to lecture on his work regularly at universities and schools worldwide, spreading his knowledge to those who wish to learn from one of the greatest.
His creations are still very unique, modern and stand the test of time, proving to be inspiring to many. If you wish to know more, check out Ron Arad’s website and find out more about his stunning project.
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