Well Tempered chair
Designed by Ron Arad, 1986
Tempered steel, bolts & nuts
Made from four sheets of tempered steel, folded into shape and bolted together, this sculptural chair was one of the pieces exhibited at Arad’s renowned workshop/showroom One Off, where his experiments in unconventional, urban and artistic ways of creating space were realised. It was produced in the Vitra Edition series until recently.
Arad came to London from Israel in 1974, to study at the Architectural Association. Nigel Coates and Zaha Hadid were students there at the same time. Turning his hand to furniture and interior design, he started the design shop/studio One Off in 1979, together with Dennis Groves, in Sicilian Avenue in Holborn. A number of his early designs used the proprietary Kee Klamp joints to construct tubular furniture such as the Rover Chair. In the early 80’s he moved One Off to Covent Garden, and shortly after parted company with Groves. There were elements of recycling and ready-made in his works, such as the Moped seat in the Puch Stool, and the Aerial Light. Industrial materials such as concrete were used in pieces such as his Tree Light and concrete Hi-Fi.
His products and the One Off shop caused quite a sensation at the time, and there was talk that Arad had redefined furniture design. Initially producing his own designs, he later began to collaborate with manufacturers such as Vitra, who produced the Well Tempered chair, and Moroso for The Big Easy series.
Today Arad is known worldwide and his design practice is very wide ranging. He has also returned to Architecture with a number of projects, including what will be the tallest building in Israel. His early One Off pieces are very sought after by collectors and fetch substantial prices at auction.