10 Iconic Designs From Ron Arad's "Restless" London Retrospective
If restlessness stirs one to burst through the ceiling and tear the house walls down, then Ron Arad does just that to the "house" of (D)esign. And you can be a witness to that at the Barbican Art Gallery in London until May 16, 2010, or you can take a peak at 10 inspired members of the Ron Arad: Restless collection right here.
Some architects dabble in design. Ron Arad is an architect who does not distinguish between architecture and design, nor sculpture, for that matter. You will find that to be so in these examples of Arad's vast contributions to the worlds of architecture, design, and sculpture, and to the art world in general.
Arad is afraid of nothing; no medium, no size, no notion that is unconventional. He experiments. He plays... and you get to relive his pleasure through his work. Restless is a 30-year retrospective of Arad's greatness... and he is still young.
1. Lolita SMS Chandelier, Ron Arad
Send this Swarovsky crystal Lolita a text message and she will scroll it right down her thrilling Art Deco swirl. Like I said, Arad is intrepid.
(Unfortunately, I was not able to get Lolita's number.)
2. Desk, Ron Arad
3. Moreover Rover Chair, Ron Arad
Arad first designed the Rover Chair in 1981 in leather, inspired by the Rover automobile seat, on a black steel frame. He has re-designed the Rover Chair periodically, but this stainless steel Moreover Rover Chair is his latest.
Here is an earlier version of the Rover Chair:
4. Rocker, Ron Arad
Rock on in stainless steel....
5. Rocking Chair, Ron Arad
This Rocking Chair definitely has an unusual rock.
6. Box In Four Movements, Ron Arad
7. Spaghetti Kobros Light, Ron Arad
8. Reinventing the Wheel, Ron Arad
This is one version of Arad's bookcase in a wheel.
Below is an earlier version in steel of Reinventing the Wheel sold at Christie's:
9. Body Guard Sculpture, Ron Arad
One of a series of Body Guards, representing Arad's newer work.
10. Thumbprint Chair, Ron Arad
Sources: Barbican Art Gallery, Wonderland Magazine, Artnet, Jeni Rodger Photography, fawcettwolf Photography (A special thanks to Jeni Rodger and fawcettwolf for making their beautiful photos available!)