Ron Arad, ‘Southern Hemisphere' chair’, 2007, Phillips

Editioned by The Gallery Mourmans, the Netherlands. Incised with Ron Arad.

From the Catalogue:
Ron Arad’s works, such as this 'Southern Hemisphere' chair, walk the line between design and sculpture. Distancing himself from mass-production, Arad focused on unique or limited edition objects, with a particular affinity for metal. Whilst a common approach at the time for handcrafted wooden furniture, metalwork was still perceived as a material to be mechanically mass produced. It was this decision that would make Arad a landmark designer in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s.

Arad’s work cannot be defined solely by its often questionable practicality, with the production methods and ideas represented being of equal importance to the work. Having an exceptional skill to coax volume and undulation out of his objects, the welding and polishing involved in the production of the bulky and heavy works required the assistance of a larger workshop. Arad, a self-taught craftsman, handcrafted the first proof himself; later examples were executed in collaboration with his three skilled metal workers: Bob Booth, Ian Whittaker and Shaun Crown.
Courtesy of Phillips

Paola Antonelli, Jonathan Safran Foer, Marie-Laure Jousset, Ron Arad: No Discipline, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2009, p. 169

Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Ron Arad

Though associated with high-tech design, Ron Arad’s multi-decade career goes back to pre-digital days. Some of his earliest pieces, like hand-wrought chairs, are obviously handcrafted and retain all the traces of small-scale production. Often working in steel, Arad now capitalizes on new technology—remote controlling his own designs and fabricating Bluetooth-enabled furniture. In 2005, he designed crystal chandeliers for Swarovski that display text messages in LED lights. Arad is responsible for, among other spaces, the technology floor at Selfridge’s in London and a Yohji Yamamoto boutique in Tokyo. “Boredom,” says Arad, “is the mother of creativity.”

Israeli, b. 1951, Tel Aviv, Israel, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights

New York,
Ron Arad: Restless

Group Shows

New York,
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern
Glasstress. White Light / White Heat
View Artist's CV