20/20 with Ron Arad
Date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
Venue: Lecture Hall
The idea of the 20/20 event is to invite an influential practitioner to look back on a seminal project, providing retrospective insight as well as reflective lessons with which to look forward. Ron Arad selected the Rover Chair, the furniture he made in 1981 from a repurposed Rover car seat that he found in a scrap heap and subsequently helped to launch his career.
“I picked up this Rover seat and I made myself a frame and this piece sucked me into this world of design,” he said. “If someone had told me a week before that I was going to be a furniture designer, I would think they were crazy.”
Previous 20/20 seminars have included Terry Farrell on the MI6 Headquarters in Vauxhall and Nicholas Grimshaw on The Eden Project in Cornwall. Arad chose to hold his 20:20 talk at his alma mater, the Architectural Association where he strudied from 1974-9.
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. He was Professor of Design Product at the Royal College of Art in London up until 2009. Ron Arad was awarded the 2011 London Design Week Medal for design excellence and was became a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2013.
Please note: this lecture is not ticketed but seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 5.45pm. Our security team will be monitoring the capacity of the lecture hall and once it is full, a relay of the lecture will be streamed to the Rear Second Presentation Space for those unable to enter the Lecture Hall.
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