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London Papardelle

Ron Arad (Israeli, born Tel-Aviv, 1951)
Blackened bronze
42 x 23 1/4 x 31 in. (106.7 x 59.1 x 78.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, in honor of Gary Tinterow, 2012
Accession Number:
Not on view
Architect and designer Ron Arad is best known for his inventive furniture that incorporates industrial materials into a language of volume and sinuous line. He has designed much of his furniture using metal, a material attractive to him for its surface, strength, malleability, and minimalist spirit. In contrast to the prevailing Modernist style, which embraced machine-made furnishings, all of Arad's early furniture was handmade to purposely avoid the effects of machine tooling. By 1992 he had introduced woven steel wire to his designs, which allowed him to create undulating forms that were even more fluid. The London Papardelle chair is one of these works.
[Gallery Mourmans, Maastricht, 1992–2011; transferred in 2011 to Friedman Benda Gallery]; [Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, 2011–12; sold to MMA]

Olivier Boissiere and Raymond Guidot. Ron Arad. Paris, 1998.

Deyan Sudjic. Ron Arad. London, 1999, p. 66, ill.

Matthew Collings. Ron Arad Talks to Matthew Collings. London, 2004, p. 66.

Marie-Laure Jousset. Ron Arad. Exh. cat., Barry Friedman Ltd. New York, 2005, pp. 36–37, ill.

Jean-Louis Gaillemin. Design contre Design: Deux siècles de créations. Exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. Paris, 2007, p. 301, ill.

Marie-Laure Jousset, ed. Ron Arad: No Discipline. Exh. cat., Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. Paris, 2008, p. 96, ill.

Paola Antonelli et al. Ron Arad: No Discipline. Ed. Emily Hall. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 2009, pp. 52–53.

Jane Adlin in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70 (Fall 2012), p. 74, ill. (color).

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