Ron Arad

Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad co-founded with Caroline Thorman the design and production studio One Off in 1981 and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates architecture and design practice. In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates.
From 1994 to 1999 he established the Ron Arad Studio, design and production unit in Como, Italy.
Ron Arad was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’ in 2002, and was awarded the London Design Medal in 2011.
He was professor of Design at the Hochschule in Vienna from 1994 to 1997, and later Professor of Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London up until 2009, when he was made Professor Emeritus. In 2013 he was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design.


2016 Compasso d’Oro

2014 Pillar of the Roundhouse, London

2011 London Design Medal

2010 Honorary Doctorate at Tel Aviv University

2006 The Jerusalem Prize for Arts and Letters, awarded by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel

2005 FX magazine Designer of the Year Award

2004 Architektur & Wohnen Designer of the Year Award

2002 Finalist for the World Technology Award for Design

2002 Royal Designer for Industry

2001 Oribe Art & Design Award, Gifu, Japan

2001 Gio Ponti International Design Award, Denver

2001 Barcelona Primavera International Award for Design
Co-winner of Perrier Jouët Selfridges Design Prize, London

1999 Design Plus Award, Frankfurt/Main; Internationaler Designpreis Baden-Württemberg, Design Center Stuttgart

1994 Designer of the Year, Salon du Meuble, Paris


Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal
Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Centre National d’Art Plastique, Paris
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Design Museum, London
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam
Rohsska Design Museum, Gothenburg
Powerhouse, Sydney
Design Museum, Osaka
Design Museum, Nürnberg
Neue Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart