Ron Arad

born 1951 Tel Aviv, Israel


1971 - 1973
Studies art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

1973 - 1979
Studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London

1979 - 1981
Works in an architect’s office in London

1981
Founds his own design and production studio One Off with Caroline Thorman; 
designs Rover Chair

1986
Well Tempered Chair made of stainless steel for Vitra (limited edition of 50)

1988
Designs several variants of the Big Easy Chair made of stainless steel; 
from 1990 serial production by Moroso as Soft Big Easy 

1989
Founds Ron Arad Associates, London, 
as a studio for design and architecture; Schizzo Chair for Vitra

1990
First solo exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

1994
Market launch of the Bookworm bookcase by Kartell; 
foyer of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center

1994 - 1997
Professor of product design at the 
Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna

1994 - 1999
Ron Arad Studio in Como, Italy (oneoffs and limited editions)

1997
Tom Vac stacking chair, since 1998 produced by Vitra

1997 - 2000
Professor of furniture design and (from 1999) industrial design 
at the Royal College of Art in London

2003 - 2010
Design Museum Holon, Israel

2008
Founds Ron Arad Architects

2008 - 2009
No discipline exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 
and The Museum of Modern Art, New York

2011
Awarded the London Design Medal

2012
Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

2016
Awarded the Compasso d’Oro for his life’s work

Ron Arad Portrait