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Ron Arad

"RTW" (Reinventing The Wheel) Bookshelf

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

Ron Arad

Ron Arad

"RTW" (Reinventing The Wheel) Bookshelf

"RTW" (Reinventing The Wheel) Bookshelf

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

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)

Overall in excellent condition. The present bookshelf was designed to be freely rotating onto itself like a wheel, with its shelves staying in place at a horizontal angle. As opposed to other versions of the model industrially produced by Dutch company Hidden, this example was produced in Arad’s own Italian atelier. The polished stainless steel surface presents with very light and faint surface scratches which are not visually distracting.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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.