One of the most prominent name in industrial design, furniture design and architecture, Ron Arad is highly regarded for his constant experimentation with volumes and materials. A restless and risk-taking figure, his design range from top-selling furniture to limited editions with an art collector’s appeal.


“Design is to impose your will on a material to perform a function

Photo by Alessandro Paderni


Born in Tel Aviv in 1951 Ron Arad was educated at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Later he joined the Architectural Association in London, the oldest independent school of architecture in the UK and one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world. In London, he established his first design and production studio One Off Ltd whom he co-founded with Caroline Thorman in 1981. This is where he began to handcraft unconventional furnishings made mostly out of welded steel sheeting with distinctive sculptural forms. He and Thorman founded Ron Arad Associates Ltd. together with Canadian architect Alison Brooks in 1989.


“Everything can trigger something: good, bad, beautiful, not so beautiful. I’m not a methodical person – I’m restless and lazy, and I jump from one thing to the other.”


After a successful stint in Como where he established the Ron Arad Studio to closely collaborate with his Italian metal manufacturer, he went back to London where he settled his headquarter. In the heart of Chalk Farm, London, Ron Arad Studio took over a former sweatshop and reconverted into his buzzing workshop:


“Is where we do many things, from small to big buildings, and everything in between.”

Photo by Jason Schmidt, Ron Arad with his Big Easy chairs collection


Arad’s breakthrough as an interior designer overlapped with his decision to drop his architectural apprentice to devote himself to experimenting with materials and volumes. Stepping outside of his last job as an employee of an architectural firm, he went into a scrap yard and picked up a used Rover car seat to make his first iconic Rover chair.


“The rest is history: 28 years later, at the Pompidou Centre in Paris where I had my retrospective, I was told off for touching the very same chair without wearing white gloves. I wonder what they’d do if they saw my cat going to sleep in it every night.” he recalls in a 2013 interview with The Guardian.


Inspired by Dadaist and Surrealist masters Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, Arad has been able to overcome the thin line between contemporary art and industrial design, putting the material at the core of his practice.

Video courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Behind the Scenes, Ron Arad: No Discipline, at MoMA


Ron Arad is known for his constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of the furniture. A common trait of Arad design is movement and volumes, working with materials to create illusions: metal that looks like upholstery, plastic to look like metal.


As it reads in the introduction of his 2009 MoMA retrospective Ron Arad: No Discipline, his design, architecture, sculpture and mixed-medium installations have inspired generations of artists and designers to “adopt hybrid practices that have the flexibility to match today’s shifts in design applications. His work has been imitated, idolized, feverishly discussed, and criticized, but never ignored.” The same exhibition hosted the giant Cage sans Frontières, the hybrid installation/sculpture/cradle which is now part of the Singapore Freeport permanent collection.




Arad design combines volumes, biomorphic shapes and caricature edges, always experimenting with advanced technologies. From the best-selling 1993 Bookworm bookshelf by Kartell, to numbered studio pieces, like the unpublished prototypes from Moroso’s 1991 Spring Collection, Ron Arad is vocal in praising his long-standing relationship with leading European manufacturers.


The designer-maker collaboration has shaped and leveraged his career and, vice-versa, contributing to bringing local brands into the international arena of design. Working on limited edition, daily objects, museum architectures and sculpture for public spaces, Ron Arad Studio is constantly exploring new processes from traditional craftsmanship to rapid-prototyping.



为最著名的工业设计、家具设计和建筑设计师之一的 Ron Arad 因其不断对作品和材料进行探索和尝试而备受推崇。勇于尝试和冒险,Ron Arad的设计从最畅销的家具到限量版,都不断吸引着艺术收藏家。



Photo by Alessandro Paderni

1951年出生于Tel Aviv,毕业于Jerusalem 的 Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,后来加入了伦敦的Architectural Association这所英国最古老的独立建筑设计学院,它也是世界上最具声望和竞争力的学院之一。1981年 Ron Arad 在伦敦与 Caroline Thorman 设立的首个工作室 One Off Ltd, 开始用焊接的钢片手工制作具有独特的雕塑形式的非传统的家具。 1989年他和Thorman与加拿大建筑师Alison Brooks共同建立了Ron Arad Associates Ltd。在意大利Como的Ron Arad Studio工作室与意大利金属制造商紧密合作,之后他回到伦敦并设立了他的Chalk Farm London Ron Arad Studio总部。他将这间前农场商店改造成制作车间:“我们在这里做很多事情,从非常小的到很大的建筑, 以及任何介于两者之间的”。

Photo by Jason Schmidt, Ron Arad with his Big Easy chairs collection


Arad作为室内设计师的重大突破始于他放弃建筑学徒,投身于材料和体积的实验。当他走出建筑公司后, 他在废弃物品站捡到一个旧Rover汽车座椅, 这就是他第一个代表性设计 Rover椅。


“其余的就都是历史了:  28年后当我在巴黎Pompidou Centre参加了我的回顾展时,我被告知如果不戴白手套是不可以触摸这把椅子的。”


我想知道,如果他们看到我的猫每晚都在上面睡觉,他们会怎么办,” 他在2013年接受The Guardian采访时回忆道。受Dadaist 和Surrealist 大师 Marcel Duchamp 和 Man Ray 的启发,Arad能够克服当代艺术与工业设计之间的微妙界限,将材料置于他实践的核心

Video courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Behind the Scenes, Ron Arad: No Discipline, at MoMA

Ron Arad以他不断的实验而闻名,他尝试着各种材料,如钢铁、铝或聚酰胺,以及他对家具的结构和形态的激进,彻底的改造。Arad设计的一个共同特点是运动和体积,用材料来制造错觉:金属有柔软的质感,塑料却看起来像金属。正如他2009年在MoMA的 “No Discipline” 回顾展中所介绍的,他的设计,建筑,雕塑和综合媒体装置艺术激励了一代又一代的艺术家和设计师们以




就在同个展览展出的还有他巨型的雕塑及支架装置艺术相结合的 Cage sans Frontières,现在成为新加坡 Singapore Freeport 永久收藏的一部分。




Arad的设计结合了体积、生物形态和卡通边缘的设计,总是用先进的技术进行试验。从1993年最畅销,Kartell设计的Bookworm书架,到他工作室的有限设计,如Moroso 1991年没有发布的原型Spring Collection一样,Ron Arad直言不讳地称赞他与欧洲领先的制造商之间的长期关系。设计师与制造商的合作塑造了他的职业生涯,反之亦然,Ron Arad也为本地品牌引入国际设计领域做出了贡献。在有限设计、日常用品、博物馆建筑和公共空间的雕塑上,Ron Arad Studio不断探索着从传统工艺到快速原型制作的新过程。

Image courtesy of DeZeen, PizzaKobra table light for iGuzzini

Image courtesy of Ron Arad, After Spring & Before Summer

Ron Arad, Tuba limited edition, courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

Photo by Anne-Emmanuelle Thion, Spring armchair and “Yunnan” wallpaper by Pierre Frey

Image courtesy of Magis, Voido rocking chair, interior innovation award winner


Images courtesy of Ron Arad Studio and Pierre Frey @ All rights reserved

Photos by Alessandro Paderni, Jason Schmidt, DeZeen, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Magis, Anne-Emmanuelle Thion