Ron Arad

Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad co-founded with Caroline Thorman the design and production studio One Off in 1981 and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates architecture and design practice. In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates, and the two branches of the practice are now referred to as Ron Arad Studio.

Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials and his radical re-conception of the form and structure has put him at the forefront of contemporary design, architecture and art. Ron Arad was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’ in 2002 and was awarded the 2011 London Design Week Medal for design excellence. He was Professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London up until 2009. In 2013 he was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Ron Arad Studio’s prolific work has been shown extensively at retrospectives such as ‘No Discipline’ at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2008), MoMA in New York (2009), and ‘Restless’ at the Barbican Centre in London (2010). Subsequent shows and installations such as ‘Curtain Call’ and ‘720’ (at the Roundhouse in London and Israel Museum in Jerusalem, respectively), ‘In Reverse’ at the Design Museum Holon (Israel), Ivorypress Gallery in Madrid, and Pinacoteca Agnelli in Torino (2013), and ‘Last Train’ at the Venice Biennale (2013) continue to challenge the boundaries of architecture, design and art.