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Ron Arad in conversation with Thomas Heatherwick and Ellie Stathaki
The final of our talks series is to focus on contemporary architecture and design. Join Arad and Heatherwick, two London based designers and Royal Academicians, both pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture and design, but each in a unique style.

Ellie Stathaki, architecture editor at Wallpaper* Magazine, will lead a fascinating conversation between these two renaissance men to find out how their work is evolving and what they will be up to next.

Dec 9, 2020 06:30 PM in London

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Ron Arad
One of the most influential designers of his generation, Ron Arad has challenged the boundaries of design for almost thirty years. His work was constantly inventive, witty and, above all, accessible. His recycling of ancient car seats to make the Rover chair and his beds made out of scaffolding captured the creative mood of the moment and caught the attention of a generation which had taken no previous interest in furniture design. Born on April 24, 1951 in Tel Aviv, Israel, he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and then moved to London to study architecture. Arad went on to produce objects for brands such as KENZO, Swarovski, and New Eye London, among others. He was the subject of a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008. In 2013, he became a Royal Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts. His current exhibition at Newlands House Gallery, Ron Arad 69 is an intimate experience showcasing the variety of his work.
Thomas Heatherwick
Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, resulting in some of the most acclaimed designs of our time. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. The studio is currently working on approximately 30 projects in ten countries, including 1000 Trees, a mixed-use development in Shanghai; and Google headquarters in California and London (in collaboration with BIG). Recently completed projects include the public centrepiece for New York’s Hudson Yards; Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town; and the Coal Drops Yard retail district in London.
Ellie Stathaki
Ellie Stathaki is Architecture Editor at Wallpaper* magazine. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. After a brief time in practice, she focused on architectural journalism. She has contributed to books and publications internationally, including the Wallpaper* City Guides (Phaidon), the Guardian and the Financial Times. Ellie is the co-author of the New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism (Laurence King, 2010), Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes (Birkhauser, 2012), The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2020). Occasionally she curates exhibitions.