Ron Arad fever has struck the capital. Not only has the maverick Israeli designer come up with a special edition cover for our March issue (W*132), he is also displaying his ‘Well Transparent’ chair at London’s Timothy Taylor Gallery, alongside a major retrospective of work at the Barbican, which opens this week.
Less documented but no less brilliant is the sterling, behind-the-scenes work of designers Tom Foulsham and Valentin Vodev – two of Arad’s former students.
Foulsham, a designer we've profiled in W*132, is known for his nifty contraptions – including the ‘Wiggle Table’, a literal take on type-writing (see the film below) – has, with the aid of Vodev, adapted his inventive flair for Arad’s Barbican outing.
Not only have the pair come up with a series of mechanisms which keep Arad’s chairs and shelves in a state of perpetual motion, they have also designed a bar installation, which will remain in-situ at the Barbican for the duration of the three-month show.
Designed in collaboration with Absolut vodka (who are also sponsoring the show), the ‘Absolut Restless Bar’ takes its inspiration from Arad, but is also unquestionably a Foulsham-Vodev creation - as Vodev states, ‘The playful movement of the Absolut Restless Bar, and the subtle interactions between form and movement, complements Ron Arad's concept for
Open every Thursday evening until 10pm, the bar– which makes a subtle 360º rotation every ten minutes – will no
doubt prove a popular spot for a post-exhibition drink.