Ron Arad
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Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad co-founded with Caroline Thorman the design and production studio One Off in 1981 and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates architecture and design practice.  In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates.

From 1994 to 1999 he established the Ron Arad Studio, design and production unit in Como, Italy.

Ron Arad was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’ in 2002, 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’s constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design.

Selected Shows:

2010         Ron Arad: ʻRestlessʼ, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 18 February – 16 May

2009         Ron Arad: ʻNo Disciplineʼ, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2 August – 19 October

2008         ʻRon Arad: No Disciplineʼ Pompidou Centre, Paris, 20 November – 16 March 09


2018         Ron Arad:  ‘All and Nothing’ Over Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv, March – April  2018

2018         Ron Arad:  ‘Flat Mates’ Over the Influence, Hong Kong, 12th January to 28th February 2018

2017/18   Ron Arad:  ‘Beautiful, Useful, Love’ Grob Gallery, Geneva, 3rd November 2017 to 26th January 2018

2016/17   Ron Arad:  ‘One Man Show’ Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 18th November 2016 to 1st February 2017

2016         Ron Arad:  ‘Summer Exhibition’ Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 22 June to 15 September

2016         Ron Arad:  ‘Ron Arad Rocks!, Louisa Guinness Gallery, London, 26 February to 8 April

2015         Ron Arad:  ‘in Reverse’ Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 12 February to 14 March

2014         Paris Motor Show October 201

2014         Ron Arad:  'Last Train' Ron Arad Studio, London 27 June - 25 July

2013/14   Ron Arad:  ‘in Reverse’ Pinacoteca, Turin, 20 December 2013 to 30 March 2014

2013         Ron Arad:  Ivorypress, Madrid 5 September – 9 November

2013         Ron Arad:  ‘in Reverse’ Design Museum, Holon, Israel 19 June – 19 October

2013         Ron Arad:  ‘Last Train’, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice 1 June – 24 November

2012         Ron Arad:720°, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 15 August – 5 September

2011         Ron Arad: ʻCurtain Callʼ, Roundhouse, London, 9 – 29 August

2009         Ron Arad:  Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 26 November 2009 – 29 January 2010

                  ʻRon Arad: New Workʼ, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, 8 April – 9 May

                  Ron Arad, Gallery Mourmans, Maastricht, March

                  ʻRon Aradʼ Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 27 March – 20 April

2007         ʻRestlessʼ, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, September

                  ʻBodyguardsʼ, Metropol, Milan April

                  ʻThe Dogs Barkedʼ de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich November 2006- February 2007

2006         ʻThere is no solution because there is no problemʼ 508 West 26 Street, New York 14-30 September 

                  (with Barry Friedman Gallery)

                  ʻBlo-Gloʼ, Dolce & Gabbana, Metropol, Milan April

                  ʻBlo-Jobsʼ, Gallery Mourmans, Lanaken, Belgium (March)

2005         ʻPaved with Good Intentionsʼ, a new installation by Ron Arad, Miami Basel (1 Dec -

                  10 Dec)

                  ʻDesigns by Ron Aradʼ, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (11 Nov 2005 – 7 Jan

                  ʻRon Arad: A Retrospective Exhibitionʼ, Barry Friedman Ltd, New-York (5 May – 24 June)

                  ʻRon Arad: New Works & Installationʼ, featuring Mike Figgisʼ film for the exhibition

                  ʻIn Spaceʼ, Phillips, de Pury & Co., Chelsea, New-York

2004         ʻRon Arad Fatto In Italiaʼ as part of the Venice Biennale 9. International Exhibition of Architecture, ʻMetamorphʼ 

                   Vincenza ʻLo-rez-dolores-tabula-rasaʼ, Galeria Marconi, Milan

2003         ʻRon Arad in der Galerie Stefan Vodgtʼ, Galerie der Moderne, Munich

                  ʻRon Arad Studio Works: 1981-2003ʼ, Louisa Guinness Gallery, London

                  ʻVon Mensch zu Menschʼ, Sparda Bank, Münster

                  ʻRon Aradʼ, Galeria Marconi, Milan

                  ʻPermetreʼs la Llibertatʼ, Centre dʼArt Santa Monica, Barcelona

2002         ʻTwo Floorsʼ, Galeria Marconi, Milan

2001         ʻDelight in Dedarkʼ, Galeria Marconi, Milan

2000         ʻNot Made By Hand Not Made in Chinaʼ, Galeria Marconi, Milan

                  ʻBefore and After Nowʼ, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1998         R.T.W. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

1997         Ron Arad new acquisitions, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts

                  Ron Arad at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

                  Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer, Spazio Krizia, Milan

1996         Glasgow Festival of Architecture & Design

                  Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer, Spazio Krizia, Milan

1995         Ron Arad – Gazi, Athens

                 The work of Ron Arad, Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki

                  Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer, Triennale, Milan

                  ʻSticks and Stonesʼ, Vitra Design Museum, Touring Exhibition 1990-1995

1994         ʻLʼEsprit du Nomadeʼ, Cartier Fondation, Paris

1993         ʻBreeding in Captivityʼ Edward Totah Gallery

                  ʻDesign in the 20th Centuryʼ, Grand Palais, Paris

                  ʻOne Off and Short Runsʼ, Centre for Contemporary Arts, (Warsaw, Krakow, Prague)

1991         ʻA Break with Traditionʼ, Rohska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden

1990         Ron Arad Recent Works, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

1987         ʻNouvelles Tendencesʼ, Centre Georges Pompidou

                  ʻDocumenta 8ʼ, Kassel

1986         ʻIntellectual Interiorsʼ, Seibo, Tokyo with P. Starck, R. Kawakubo, S. Kuramata



2016 Compasso d'Oro 

2014 Pillar of the Roundhouse, London 

2011 London Design Medal 

2010 Honorary Doctorate at Tel Aviv University 

2006 The Jerusalem Prize for Arts and Letters, awarded by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel 

2005 FX magazine Designer of the Year Award

2004 Architektur & Wohnen Designer of the Year Award

Finalist for the 2002 World Technology Award for Design

2002 Royal Designer for Industry 

2001 Oribe Art & Design Award, Gifu, Japan

2001 Gio Ponti International Design Award, Denver

2001 Barcelona Primavera International Award for Design

2001 Co-winner of Perrier Jouët Selfridges Design Prize, London

1999 Design Plus Award, Frankfurt/Main; Internationaler Designpreis Baden-Württemberg, Design Center Stuttgart

1994 Designer of the Year, Salon du Meuble, Paris

Work in Public Collections:

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal

Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein                         

Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Centre National d’Art Plastique, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

Design Museum, London

Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam

Rohsska Design Museum, Gothenburg

Powerhouse, Sydney

Design Museum, Osaka

Design Museum, Nürnberg

Neue Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart


Selected Publications: 

·        Ron Arad:  In Reverse, published by Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin 2013

·        Ron Arad:  Last Train, published by Steinmetz 2013

·        Ron Arad:  No Discipline published by MoMA NY 2009

·        Ron Arad:  No Discipline, published by Editions du Centre Pompidou, Paris 2008

·        Ron Arad Architecture published by Enrico Navarra, France 2008

·        Ron Arad: Paved With Good Intentions published by Friedman Benda and The Gallery Mourmans, 2007

·        Ron Arad  published by Barry Friedman Ltd, 2005

·        Ron Arad talks to Matthew Collings, Phaidon Press, 2004

·        Ron Arad by Deyan Sudjic, graphics Angus Hyland, Pentagram, Laurence King Publishers, 1999

·        Ron Arad by Raymond Guidot, Olivier Boissiere, Dis Voir, 1998

·        Design Classics Bookworm by Volker Albus, publisher Form Verlag,1997

·        Ron Arad Associates: One Off Three by Artemis Architectural Publications, 1993

Introductions by Ettore Sottsass, Cedric Price

·        Restless Furnitureby  Deyan Sudjic 1989, Publisher: Fourth Estate. Reprinted  1990.

·        Ron Arad by Alexander von Vegesack, Vitra, 1990










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