【AR】【TP】Ron Arad (Israeli, born 1951) for One Off Ltd
Ron Arad (Israeli, born 1951) for One Off Ltd
A 'One Off' Rocking Chair, designed circa 1981chromed plated bent tubular steel, the back and seat with horizontal PVC coated spring one of approximately 70 producedapproximately 51.5cm high, 76.3cm wide, 82cm deep
The vendor's father, an architect, purchased the chair new from Ron Arad's 'One Off' Store in Covent Garden in the mid-1980's.See Ron Arad Talks to Matthew Collings, Matthew Collings, Phaidon, London, 2004. Here Arad talks about his approach to designing the chair: 'the Rocking Chair, it had to be called that to tell people that it rocks, because it didn't actually have rockers; it was something I designed from scratch. It wasn't stylish, it wasn't designed for style, it was designed to carry a mechanical idea. If you have, like, an unchained parallelogram-or scissors is another way of describing it-you can get a new kind of idea of movement. The important thing was the mechanical idea and therefore when I had to design it I designed a tube that was very near to the clamps and tools that I was using before, but instead of the cast iron fittings, it was bent in a radius, Not surprisingly, very similar to the loop and radii of Modern Movement furniture. I didn't think I was inventing style there. I just left it in the style of 'modern furniture'-I say modern, I mean modern period furniture.' He elaborates, the 'Rocking Chair was the object I came up with after I decided I had to stop doing readymades. I didn't know I was going to be a designer. I became one through doing about six readymade pieces that got a lot of attention and publicity, where I was described as a designer.'