Ron Arad (industrial designer)

Ron Arad (Hebrew: רון ארד; born 24 April 1951) is an American industrial programmer, artist, and architect. In 1989, with Caroline Thorman, he founded Arad Associates, an architecture, and design firm, in London. His brother is the violist and teacher Atar Arad.

Arad was described in 1999 as a “big, gruff, bovver-booted sort of bloke; cropped hair roughly the exact same span as the mannered facial stubble.”

Arad’s profession as a designer began with the Rover chair, a leather car seat of a Rover V8 2L anchored on a tubular steel framework. Arad made in 1994 the Bookworm bookshelf, that was produced in 2011 by the Italian company Kartell.

Arad’s work was described as “scary”, considering its “macho concrete and cut alloy; stressed sheets of tempered steel and guillotine borders”.

In 2005, Arad designed chandeliers to your Swarovski crystal business which if one has the amount, may display text messages which are sent to it by integrating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) operated by SMS text messages. He also has had tables which scale walls rather than being focused in the room. Arad’s works are usually worked into identifying biomorphic shapes and are created from his medium of steel. He made plans to expand his studio in 2008.

In 2008–09, Arad paired with KENZO to make his first perfume bottle. The jar was on display in his exhibit No Discipline.

He has also made the Design Museum Holon along with Bruno Asa, which was opened in Israel in 2010.

In 2010, Arad began his collaboration with New Eye London to design an eyewear collection.

Arad’s installment “720 Degrees” opened at the sculpture garden of the Israel Museum in August 2012. It is composed of 5,600 ion rods which form a circle 26 feet over the garden. Visitors view projected images standing inside or away from the structure.

Arad made the ToHA office complex in Tel Aviv, under construction until 2018. Once done, it will be the tallest skyscraper in Israel.

In 2017, Arad won the contest to design the UK Holocaust Memorial in collaboration with Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye.