Details & Cataloguing

Design: Living in a Material World


Ron Arad
signed Ron Arad / AP
artist's proof from an edition of 20 + 5 AP
mirror-polished stainless steel
98 x 136 x 81.5 cm (38  5/8  x 53  1/2  x 32  1/8  in.)
produced by One Off / Ron Arad Associates, London, England
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Friedman Benda, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad: Restless Furniture, London, 1989, pp. 52-53
Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, p. 57
Marielle Dagault, Marie-Laure Jousset, eds, Ron Arad: No Discipline, exh. cat., Paris, 2008, p. 78

Catalogue Note

Israeli-born Ron Arad was born in 1951 and graduated from the Architectural Association in London in 1979. He proceeded to set up his own architecture and industrial design studio, forging himself an unparalleled creative identity and a notorious challenging attitude towards art, design and architecture. Refusing to be fully assimilated with either one of the disciplines, he stated:  `I do not need a passport to go from one to the other`. His `No discipline` exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris was held in 2009 and exemplifies the full panoply of his oeuvre ranging from crude re-appropriated to digitally manufactured elements.

One of Ron Arad`s most iconic and recognisable early designs, it was produced in 1988 in a series of 20 and is made from polished steel - contrasting with the more roughly welded and earlier examples. From a family of designs that show the beginning of Ron Arad’s leap into more generous scales and volumes it is also a firm testimony of his transition into the digital age of production and manufacturing.

Design: Living in a Material World