London Papardelle

Artist: Ron Arad (Israeli, born Tel-Aviv, 1951)

Date: 1992

Medium: Blackened bronze

Dimensions: 42 x 23 1/4 x 31 in. (106.7 x 59.1 x 78.7 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, in honor of Gary Tinterow, 2012

Accession Number: 2012.31


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.