Ron Arad: No Discipline

Ron Arad. The Voids

Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

PAOLA ANTONELLI: What I like about the Voids is that the experimentation with materials is really pushed to its limits, especially in some acrylic Voids in which different layers of acrylic plastic, translucent, and colorful, are inserted and cut, so that they reveal the same kind of amazing visual effect that you would find in some old-fashioned glass marbles. Or there's the silicone, Oh-Void in which an inscription in steel is embedded and contained by instead this kind of soft and bouncy silicone. I think that this is the one family of objects in which the experimentation with material ranges in more extremes as a spectrum. So it's really great to look at them together.

RON ARAD: The first one had like Nomex paper and composite fabric. And another one Corian, which is very special acrylic material in layers. And because it's made in layers the layers have to be glued to each other. The manufacturer, Dupont, was very proud that you won't be able to see the glue between two layers because the glue is the same material. And that's when you think, ‘Ooo, I want to see the glue. I want to see the glue!’ And the whole piece is about the layers and the glue. And the glue gives you like contours. Like topographical maps. And I love it when you have a very simple decision and the result you get far exceeds your expectation or far exceeds your design. You get something a lot better. And that's what makes me really happy.

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