Ron Arad: No Discipline

Ron Arad. Cage sans Frontières. 2009

Cor-Ten steel and stainless steel
Manufactured by Marzorati Ronchetti, Italy
Fabric donated by The Maharam Company, USA
Pattern cut and stitched courtesy Notify, France
Fixtures donated by The OKE Group, Germany
Private collection Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

PAOLA ANTONELLI: Cage Sans Frontières, or the “cage without borders,” is the amazingly huge structure designed by Ron Arad that displays his furniture.

RON ARAD: It's a very, very ambitious piece. It's like a rubber band that's twisted and the two twists provide entrances to it. It has a membrane of a see-through fabric that on one side is internal. And then because of the twist it finds itself outside the structure at the entrance side. And that gives you, silhouettes and views, through the gauze-like fabric, and it, unites everything. It gives a notion of space and backdrops. Otherwise it would be too much information to take in one go. It’s pretty amazing to think that it's built in the north of Italy, placed in crates, and here it is in New York, being assembled for the first time.

PAOLA ANTONELLI: One thing that is very important for Ron is collaboration. As a designer, OK, you can study the material, you can study the technology, but you can't know it all; it's impossible. Good designers are able to create teams and to really listen. And his collaborations with, craftsmen or makers - for instance, Marzorati Ronchetti, who is responsible for constructing this gigantic structure - is quite amazing. And so is his relationship with industrial manufacturers.

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