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Design: Living in a Material World


Ron Arad
engraved with facsimile signature Ron Arad and numbered ed 1/6
from an edition of 6
polished bronze mesh
133 x 39.5 x 69 cm (52  3/8  x 15  3/8  x 27  3/8  in.)
designed 1992
produced by The Gallery Mourmans, Maastricht, Netherlands
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Christie's Paris, 30 November, 2006, lot 223
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Raymond Guidot and Olivier Boissière, Ron Arad, Paris, 1997, p. 55 for a drawing, p. 109, pl. 17 for an example in stainless steel
Marielle Dagault, Marie-Laure Jousset, eds, Ron Arad: No Discipline, exh. cat., Paris, 2008, pp. 96-97 for a drawing and an example in stainless steel

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.

This piece from 1992 is made from woven steel, heated up to enable it to be shaped into a swirling carpet-like mesh form. Retaining in its aesthetics Ron Arad’s drawing hand, it engages with the primary function of a carpet, re-purposing and extending into a seating device. Here, the designer leaves a strong playful mark whilst engaging with the material potential of meshed steel.

Design: Living in a Material World