Ron Arad: No Discipline
by Paola Antonelli and Jonathan Safran Foer
Even among the most influential designers of our time, Ron Arad stands out for the versatile nature of his work and his daredevil use of materials and technology. Idiosyncratic, surprising and always visually arresting, Arads work communicates joy in creation, pleasure in invention, and pride in technical and constructive qualities. He has deftly avoided a recognizable style for over twenty years; his style is rather a matter of character, reflective of his disregard for established disciplines. Through his own work and his decade long tenure as the Head of Design Projects graduate programme at the Royal College of Art in London, Arad has greatly influenced the current debate on designs relationship with art, technology and innovation, and nurtured some of the most promising young designers in todays international scene. Published to accompany the first major retrospective of Arads work in the US, the catalogue features an interview with the artist and essays on his use of innovative materials and technology, his role as an educator and communicator on the importance of design, and his place in the larger design and art market. A lavishly illustrated plate section provides visual and written documentation of approximately eighty works.
Paperback | 216 pages | The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 1st edition | 2009