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Ron Arad

"RTW" (Reinventing The Wheel) Bookshelf

Auction Closed

October 15, 05:11 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Ron Arad

"RTW" (Reinventing The Wheel) Bookshelf

designed 1996, executed 2004

number 6 from an edition of 20 plus 5 artists' proofs

produced by Ron Arad, Italy

polished stainless steel

impressed Ron Arad and numbered 6/20

70¾ x 70¾ x 13¾ in. (179.7 x 179.7 x 34.9 cm)

Acquired directly from the artist, London, 2008
Deyan Sudjic, Ron Arad, London, 1999, pp. 148-152
Paola Antonelli, et al., Ron Arad: No Discipline, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2009, pp. 21 and 129

Sotheby’s would like to thank Ron Arad and Associates Limited for their assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

Executed in Arad’s studio, the “RTW” was originally produced in now-closed editions of two sizes, 180 and 130 cm diameter respectively, and with further option for surface treatment, either polished stainless steel like the present example, or patinated carbon steel. Caroline Thorman of Ron Arad Associates has confirmed that this, the larger 180 cm example executed in stainless steel, was realized in limited examples. 

In response to the challenging production costs and complex production requirements of the studio-produced examples, a simplified unnumbered version now adjusted for serial production was briefly produced by Hidden, the Netherlands, for commercial retail. These examples featured a less complex arrangement of slats, were produced only from aluminum, and in the smaller diameter of 130 cm.