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September 3 2014

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2 posts tagged "Ron Arad"

An Exhibition Without Frontiers

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Ron Arad: No Discipline, the first major U.S. retrospective of the designer’s work (and arguably one of the most anticipated shows of the year; I waited in a 15-minute-long queue to see the actual show alongside the likes of Francesco Clemente, Agnes Gund, and Thelma Golden), opened at the Museum of Modern Art last night. Originally shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris last winter, the exhibition features approximately 140 works by Arad spanning industrial design, hand-crafted studio pieces, sculpture, and mixed media installations—many of which are displayed in a large translucent structure, dubbed Cage sans Frontières (Cage Without Frontiers). Signature pieces like the Rover Chair and the Concrete Stereo are there, but a highlight of the exhibit is the Lolita chandelier for Swarovski (2004), a crystal chandelier that can receive and display text messages. Arad is no stranger to the world of fashion, having designed Tokyo’s idiosyncratic Yohji Yamamoto boutique back in 2003. Today, he collaborates with French luxury denim brand Notify, the sponsor of the MoMA show. An Arad-designed Notify handbag from last year gave way to his latest project: a Notify atelier in Milan that’s scheduled to open this fall—renderings of the space are included in the exhibition. The show runs until October 19.

Photo: Courtesy of Ron Arad

Linda Inspires Arad’s New Bag. Plus: Kanye Wants An Internship!

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It bag addicts and contemporary art mavens take note: The Flashbag has arrived. The first prototype, a collaboration between architect/sculptor/artist Ron Arad and Notify jeans, touched down at last night’s opening of the Arad retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. (The show, which is sponsored by the denim label, runs through March 2009.) The ergonomic, elliptical shoulder bag has an indestructible polycarbon porthole and a long-life battery that lets it light up at the wearer’s discretion, making it possible to see the bag’s contents. “It’s a proto-concept,” explained Notify boss Maurice Ohayon, who noted that the first series of 12 (or possibly 24) would be ready in as little as three months, although details like materials, color, and price have yet to be defined. “It’s an evolving concept,” he said. “We found the name an hour ago.” The first bag’s owner is none other than Linda Evangelista, who first recommended that Ohayon contact the Israeli artist: “During our first conversation I said, ‘Ron, I want to carry one of your chairs on my shoulder,’ and I got it,” the supermodel explained. “I understood exactly what she meant,” added Arad, creator of the PizzaKobra lamp and the Bookworm shelf. Checking out the scene, Kanye West admitted to a weakness for fashion that dates back to kindergarten, as well as a possible fashion stint on the horizon. “What I really want is an internship at a house,” he said. In the meantime, he’s got a concert coming up on Thursday, so he’s spending his one vacation day in Paris doing what every fashion lover loves to do: shopping.

Photo: Stephane Feugere