Born in 1951 in Tel Aviv, educated at the Academy of Art in Jerusalem and the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad, together with Caroline Thorman, founded the design and production studio "One Off" in 1981 as well as later the Ron Arad Studio for Architecture and Design in 1989.
He built up the Ron Arad Studio for Design and Production in Como, Italy from 1994 to 1999.
Currently, he is a professor for product design at the Royal College of Art in London. Ron Arad's constant experimentation with the possible use of materials, such as steel, aluminium or polyamides, and his radical new approach to the shape and structure of furniture has brought him to the forefront of contemporary design.
In addition to his limited studio output, Arad designs for many leading international companies, including Kartell, Vitra, Morosco, Fiam, Driade, Alessi, Cappellini, Cassini and Magis.
For example, his architectural projects include: Ohayon Villa in Marrakech (2007-); 154 Ha-Yarkon Street in Tel Aviv (2006-); Mediacite in Liege, Belgium (2006-); Zion Square Sculpture in Jerusalem, Israel (2005-); Hotel bei den Kristallwelten in Wattens, Austria (2004-); the Design Museum in Holon, Israel (2004-); Upperwold Hotel, Battersea Power Station, London (2003-); Y’s (Yohji Yamamoto) flagship store in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan (2003); Hotel Puerta America, Madrid (2003-); Hotel Duomo in Rimini, Italy(2003-); Maserati headquarters showroom in Italy (2002-3); Living room and family dining rooms for Sheikh Saud Al-Thani of Qatar as a part of the Millennium House Project (2002-); the Selfridges Technology Hall in London (2000-1); the Tel Aviv Opera foyer architecture in Israel (1989-94); the Belgo Noord (1993-94) and Belgo Centraal (1994-95) restaurants in London; the concept development for the Sport Cafés, including high-tech interactive A/V technology for Adidas/Kronenbourg in France (1996); a private property with advanced technology in London (1997-98); various designs for galleries and exhibitions, such as "Winning: The Design of Sports" for Glasgow, in 1999 the British Capital of Architecture and Design, and the exhibition space for Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2002-3). Ron Arad presented the winning design for the new showpiece stadium, Adidas Stade, in Paris (1995-6).
Ron Arad has had exhibitions in many major museums and galleries around the world and his work can be found in many public collections, including in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y; Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Vitra Design Museum, Germany. His next exhibition, "Restless," will be shown starting 18 February in the Barbican Art Gallery in London.