Since its foundation, the Centre Pompidou has been a pioneering space for the presentation of the most outstanding contemporary designers, with many exhibitions devoted to key figures such as Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck, Charlotte Perriand…and, today, Ron Arad.
Born in Tel Aviv and trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Art, followed by the Architectural Association School in London, Ron Arad settled in London in 1973, where he has since produced a very varied range of creative objects based on sinusoidal, elliptical and oval forms, as unique pieces, limited series and mass-produced objects.
The name of Ron Arad immediately conjures up pieces such as the Bookworm bookcase (1993) and the Tom Vac chair (1997), but his surprising work goes beyond any easy classification and expresses a free creative spirit working without constrictions or frontiers in design, architecture and the plastic arts. Ron Arad defines himself as belonging to “No discipline”.
The retrospective of his work proposed by the Centre Pompidou presents major and emblematic works, prototypes accompanied by audiovisual documents, limited series and mass-produced objects, along with numerous architectural projects.
Below is Arad’s recent work for Italian manufacturer Moroso, the Do-Lo-Res sofa.