Ron Arad (British, b.1951) is an influential industrial designer and architect known for his playful, inventive use of materials and his sophisticated incorporation of digital processes. Arad attended Bezalei Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before going on to study under Peter Cook and Bernard Schumi at London’s Architectural Association, where he met Nigel Coates, Zaha Hadid (British/Iraqi, b.1950), and Peter Wilson. While Arad works primarily with metal, the 1990s saw the artist beginning to use wood and different textiles. Around the same time, Arad began to focus on making sculptural furniture. He has worked for brands such as Alessi, Swatch, and Kartell as a designer and as an architect. After teaching as a professor of product design in Vienna from 1994 to 1997, Arad was professor of furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London from 1997 to 2009. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He lives and works in London.

Timeline

1951
Born in Tel Aviv
1971–1973
Jerusalem Academy of Art
1974–1979
Architectural Association - School of Architecture, studies under Peter Cook and B. Tschumi
1981
Established One Off Ltd. with Caroline Thorman in Covent Garden, London
1989
Founded Ron Arad Associates, Architecture and Design practice with Caroline Thorman in Chalk Farm, London
1991
Guest Editor of 1994 International Design Yearbook and Designer of the Year
1994–1997
Professor of Product Design at the Hochschule in Vienna
1997
Professor of Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art in London
His work has been widely featured in many design/architectural books and magazines worldwide. He is currently Professor of Design Product at RCA
AWARDS
Finalist for the 2002 World Technology Award for Design
Oribe Art & Design Award, 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, 2001
Design Plus Award, Frankfurt/Main; Internationaler Designpreis Baden-Württemberg, Design Center Stuttgart, 1999
Designer of the Year, Salon du Meuble, Paris, 1994
Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’, 2002
Fellow of the World Technology Network, 2002

Exhibitions

2013
Ron Arad: Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011–2012
720 Degrees, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
2011–2012
Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
2011
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call, Roundhouse, London, UK
2010
European Design Since 1985. Shaping the New Century. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2010
Restless. Barbican Centre, London, England
2010
Retrospective to be held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009
Ron Arad: No Discipline retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2009
European Design Since 1985. Shaping the New Century. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2009
Ron Arad: New Work. Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England
2009
Drunken Bodyguards. Gallery Mourmans, Lanaken, Belgium
2009
Retrospective. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2009
U.F.O.: Grenzgänge zwischen Kunst und Design, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
2008
Guarded Thoughts. Friedman Benda, New York (solo)
2008
Ron Arad, Centre Pompidou, Paris (solo)
2008
Let’s Play, Galerie Arums, P (solo)
2008
Ron Arad: No Discipline retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2007
Mod'If. Galerie Arums, Paris, France
2007
Restless, Friedman Benda, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Bodyguards, Dolce & Gabbana, Milan, Italy (solo)
2007
Paved with Good Intentions (2005), arums galerie, Paris (solo)
2007
Designing Modern Britain. Design Museum, London, England
2006
Exhibits in Designing Modern Britain at the Design Museum, London.
2006
THERE IS NO SOLUTION because there is no problem, Installation at 508 West 26th Street, NY. Barry Friedman Ltd., NY: September 14-30 (solo)
2006
Blo-Glo, Dolce & Gabbana, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006
Blo-Jobs, Gallery Mourmans, Lanaken, Belgium (solo)
2006
The Dogs Barked. De Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
2006
Graff. Galerie Arums, Paris, France
2005
Paved with Good Intentions. Installation at the Collins Building, Barry Friedman Ltd., Miami, FL
2005
Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2004. Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY
2005
Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2004, Barry Friedman Ltd., NY (solo)
2005
Lo-rez-dolores-tabula-rasa, with Mike Figgis. Phillips de Pury & Company (solo)
2005
New Works & Installations in Corian, Installation at Phillips, de Pury & Company, NY. Barry Friedman Ltd., NY: May 2 – June 10 (solo)
2005
Volumes and Voids, Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, Indiana (solo)
2004
Begins designing Magis’ headquarters in Treviso, Italy and the Holon Design Museum in Holon, Israel. Participates in British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
2004
Metamorph. Vincenza, Italy
2004
Lo-rez-dolores-tabula-rassa. Galeria Marconi, Milan, Italy
2003
Ron Arad in der Galerie Stefan Vogdt. Galerie der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2003
Ron Arad Studio Works: 1981-2003. Louisa Guinness Gallery, London, England
2003
Von Mensch zu Mensch. Sparda Bank, Münster, Germany
2003
Ron Arad. Galeria Marconi, Milan, Italy
2003
Ron Arad. Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
2003
Works on projects including the Maserati headquarters showroom in Modena, Italy and Y’s fashion store for Yohji Yamamoto in Tokyo. Begins designing for the Upperworld Hotel at Battersea Power Station, London.
2002
Two Floors, Galeria Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2001
Delight in Dedark, Galeria Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2000
Not Made By Hand Not Made in China, Galeria Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2000
‘Before and After Now’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (solo)
1998
R.T.W. Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (solo)
1997
Ron Arad new acquisitions, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts (solo)
1997
Ron Arad at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia (solo)
1997
Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer. Spazio Krizia, Milan, Italy
1997
Designed for Delight. Alternative aspects of twentieth-century decorative arts. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, Canada; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
1996
R.T.W. Glasgow Festival of Architecture & Design, Glasgow, Scotland
1996
Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer. Spazio Krizia, Milan, Italy
1995
Ron Arad. Gazi, Athens, Greece
1995
Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer. Triennial, Milan, Italy
1995
The work of Ron Arad, Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki (solo)
1990–1995
Sticks and Stones. One Offs and Short Runs. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
1994
‘L’Esprit du Nomade’, Cartier Fondation, Paris (solo)
1993
‘Design in the 20th Century’, Grand Palais (solo)
1993
Breeding in Captivity. Edward Totah Gallery, London, England
1993
One Off and Short Runs. Centre for Contemporary Arts: Warsaw, Krakow, Poland
1991
A Break with Tradition. Rohska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
1990
Ron Arad Recent Works, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (solo)
1987
‘Nouvelles Tendences’, Centre Georges Pompidou (solo)
1987
Documenta 8. Kassel, Germany
1987
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
1987
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
1987
Triennale, Milan, Italy
1987
Design Museum, London, England
1987
Design Museum, Osaka, Japan
1986
Intellectual Interiors. With P. Starck, R. Kawakubo, S. Kuramata. Seibo, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Neue Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia
Rohsska Design Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
St Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Trienale, Milan, Italy
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Canada
Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, Canada
Musée National d'Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Centre National d'Art Plastique, Paris, France
Design Museum, London, England
Design Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
Design Museum, Osaka, Japan
Design Museum, Ghent, Belgium
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI
Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Ghent Museum, Ghent, Belgium
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany

Literature

1999
Ron Arad by Deyan Sudjic, graphics Angus Hyland, Pentagram, Laurence King Publishers
1998
Ron Arad by Raymond Guidot, Olivier Boissiere, Dis Voir
1997
Design Classics Bookworm by Volker Albus, publisher Form Verlag
1993
Ron Arad Associates: One Off Three by Artemis Architectural Publications
1990
Ron Arad by Alexander von Vegesack, Vitra
1989
Restless Furniture by Deyan Sudjic, Publisher: Fourth Estate. Reprinted 1990