Ron Arad is one of the most influential designers of our time, best known for his daredevil approach to form, structure, technology, and materials.
His work spans from industrial design and sculpture to architecture and mixed-medium installation. Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951 and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He then moved to London, where he opened One Off, a gallery-studio for experimental design that showed not only his own work but also that of fellow freethinkers such as Danny Lane and Tom Dixon.
Since then, the name and address of the office and the scale of its works have changed although his spirit remains the same. For nearly three decades, Arad has dealt with the traditional separation of the roles of architect, designer and artist. Prominent in the art and design communities although keeping a foot in industrial mass production, he has inspired a new generation of designers operating in diverse fields to adopt hybrid practices that have the flexibility to match today's shifts in design applications. His work has been imitated, idolized, feverishly discussed, and criticized, but never ignored.