Post 2 – Sitting Pretty 20 Century Chairs – Ron Arad

Ron Arad was an industrial designer, artist and architect born in Tel Aviv. In 1971-73 he attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and from 1974-79 and the Architectural Association in London. With Caroline Thorman In 1989 he founded Arad Associates , an architecture and design firm in London. 

Arad’s career as a designer began with the Rover chair. He was Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art from 1997 to 2009. 

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Arad’s work in the past as been depicted as “scary”, considering its “macho concrete and cut metal; tense sheets of tempered steel and guillotine edges”.

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 In 2005, Arad designed chandeliers for the Swarovski crystal company which if one has the number, can display text messages that are sent to it by incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) operated by SMS text messages. He also has had tables that climb walls instead of being centered in the room. Arad’s works are often moulded into distinctive biomorphic shapes and are created from his medium of choice, steel; having made plans to expand his studio in 2008. 

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