Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. He studied at the Academy of Art in Jerusalem before moving to London in 1973. For five years he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. When he finished, he went on to found, with Caroline Thorman, a design studio, workshops and show room known as One Off Ltd. In 1993, this studio incorporated Ron Arad Associates, the company he had founded in 1989, when the production of his pieces became consolidated in commercial circuits. Fascinated by experimentation, he claims that his working motto is “never get bored, never bore”.
One of the pioneers of recycling, he soon became a master, although as he has always admitted, his motives were not environmentalist: he frequently uses lead in his works. He has created some of his most celebrated designs, like the ROVER chair manufactured from old car seats, from second-hand or leftover materials.
He has taken part in several architectural projects including a hotel at the Kristallwelten in Wattens (Austria): the Holon Design Museum, Israel; the hotel set between the four chimneys on top of the Battersea Power Station, London; the Yohji Yamamoto store in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo; and the restoration of the Duomo Hotel in Rimini, Italy, among others.
Arad’s interpretation of design strengthens its links with art, a clear consequence of his artistic training, and leads him to go through a phase of non-industrial production before introducing his pieces onto the market. This feature of his work, with its potential for recycling materials, has helped Ron Arad win several prizes and awards such as the Guardó Internacional Barcelona Disseny 2001, awarded during Primavera del Diseño, and his 2002 recognition as Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) for his aesthetic and efficient designs for industry.
At the Silken Puerta América, Arad has designed a sinuous space, with all details taken into account. Arad’s rounded, sinuous shapes appear already in the lobby, which boasts a circular sofa made of reflective fibreglass, foam and Alcantara in anthracite grey. The walls feature large LCD screens showing different images.
Ron Arad created a room concept where his characteristic bulbous, rounded shapes prevail. A curved, continuous wall, white in some rooms and deep red in others serves as a central divider separating the different uses of the space. Arad creates a circuit where guests gradually discover each of the spaces: first a corridor, then the bed, then the bathroom, then the washbasin, then the toilet. The round bed is suggestive and comfortable. There are no limits; it is like a dream world. The television is really a large screen that unfolds from the ceiling.
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