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.

 

Lolita SMS Chadelier by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerLolita SMS Chadelier by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger

 

(Unfortunately, I was not able to get Lolita's number.)

 

Lolita SMS Chadelier by Ron Arad: via MoCoLolita SMS Chadelier by Ron Arad: via MoCo

 

2. Desk, Ron Arad

 

Desk by Ron Arad: ©fawcettwolfDesk by Ron Arad: ©fawcettwolf

 

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.

 

Moreover Rover Chair by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerMoreover Rover Chair by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger

 

Here is an earlier version of the Rover Chair:

 Leather Rover Chair by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerLeather Rover Chair by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger

 

 

4.  Rocker, Ron Arad

Rock on in stainless steel....

 

Rocker by Ron Arad (Stainless Steel)Rocker by Ron Arad (Stainless Steel)

 

 

5.  Rocking Chair, Ron Arad

This Rocking Chair definitely has an unusual rock.

 

Rocking Chair by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerRocking Chair by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger

 

 

6.  Box In Four Movements, Ron Arad

 

Box in Four Movements by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerBox in Four Movements by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger


 


7.  Spaghetti Kobros Light, Ron Arad

 

Spaghetti Kobros Light by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerSpaghetti Kobros Light by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger 

 

8. Reinventing the Wheel, Ron Arad

This is one version of Arad's bookcase in a wheel. 

 

 Reinventing The Wheel by Ron Arad: © Jeni RodgerReinventing The Wheel by Ron Arad: © Jeni Rodger

 

Below is an earlier version in steel of Reinventing the Wheel sold at Christie's:

 

Reinventing The Wheel by Ron Arad: ©Christie's via ArtnetReinventing The Wheel by Ron Arad: ©Christie's via Artnet

 

 

9.  Body Guard Sculpture, Ron Arad

One of a series of Body Guards, representing Arad's newer work.

 

Body Guard Sculpture by Ron Arad: ©fawcettwolfBody Guard Sculpture by Ron Arad: ©fawcettwolf

 

 

10. Thumbprint Chair, Ron Arad

 

Rocker by Ron Arad (Copper): © Jeni RodgerRocker by Ron Arad (Copper): © Jeni Rodger

 

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!)

 

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