Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Ron Arad

Late in 2011, I visited a very special project called 'Curtain Call' at the Roundhouse. Conceived by the renowned product designer Ron Arad, Curtain Call made use of the buildings architecture and acoustics. Central to his work, the project allows the audience to relate and interacts with the installation. A curtain made from plastic tubing hung like a jellyfish from the centre of the room. Inside the jellyfish, sat on the floor, the audience were hypnotised by the most beautiful visuals projected onto the inside and soothed by atmospheric sounds.

Ron Arad's Curtain Call - photo from Roundhouse

Ron Arad's Curtain Call - photo from Roundhouse
As a fan of Arad, we were equally as intrigued to visit his stand at Mido to view his eyewear collection firsthand and see how his theories and method translate into eyewear design. We were lucky enough to happen upon the man himself at his stand, who kindly chatted about his collection and posed for a photograph!

Ron Arad on his stand at Mido - photo by EyeloveEyelove
True to his design theory his two collections are an intelligent investigation of the relationship between product and consumer. The A-Frame collection is group of fully adaptable products that can be tailored to the fit of the wearer through the metal A structure in the nose bridge area.

A-Frame Chancery Lane - photo from p-q eyewear
The Corbs collection draws inspiration from the vertebrae in animal spines. A hinge has been developed which allows the temples to fit perfectly to the head.

Corbs Waterloo - photo from p-q eyewear

For more information on Ron Arad please visit www.ronarad.co.uk

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