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RON ARAD

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Ron Arad was born in Israel in 1951. He studied Art, Design and Architecture in Jerusalem and London, in the early 1970s. He formed Ron Arad Associates in 1989, which specialised in both product design and architecture. In 2008 he established Rod Arad Architects. Ron Arad was the Head of the Design Products Department, at the Royal College of Art, between the years 1997 to 2009. His style is often a mix of technology, experimentation and ‘fun’. He has collaborated with many of the best known furniture makers and design companies, including Alessi.  
 
 
 
Ron Arad’s early acclaimed work began in 1981 with the Rover Chair. The basic car seat was salvaged from a Rover 2000, in a scrap yard and updated with a metal tubular frame. This design is acknowledge as having launched his career.
 
 
The ‘Well Tempered Chair’ (manufactured by Vitra of Switzerland), was designed by Ron Arad in 1986. It is composed of four tempered steel sheets, fixed together with wing nuts. It is known for its simple design and use of an unusual choice of material. The design is based on a ‘Over Stuffed Club Chair’ (see below). The sheet steel tends to flex when a person sits on it and springs back when the person stands up. Ron Arad has used the ‘spring’ property of the steel sheet, producing an unusual, modern design.
 
 
 
 
The Mediacite in Liege, Belgium was completed in 2009. This modern building has 40,000m2 of commercial space. It is a sustainable development and a shopping centre, housing retail, entertainment, leisure, media and businesses under its roof. The building is part of the regeneration of the former industrial town. Its free flowing design is 350 metres in length and is illuminated by natural light, through its innovative, colourful roof.
 
 
The Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch, London, was designed by Ron Arad in 2012 and will open in 2022. It is an inventive, imaginative contemporary designed, for the Nobu chain of international restaurants. The design draws its inspiration from local street art and Japanese design. Some of the steel girders are left exposed, as a feature of the building’s contemporary nature.
 
 
 
 
The Holon Design Museum, in Holon, Israel opened in 2010 and was designed by Ron Arad. It is dedicated to ‘design’ and is a centre for education and culture. Its design is based on an interlocking combination of curves and rectangles. A concrete structure, clad in five rings of weathered steel, carefully coloured to achieve the right tones.
 
 
 
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