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Ron Gilad: Israel’s minimalist designer

Israel furniture designer, Ron Gilad, solves problems with minimal design by defying logic and utility.

Born in 1972 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Ron Gilad’s work is a mesh of ideas and typologies — sometimes artistic, sometimes experimental. His knack of hybridising different materials or aesthetics gives him a novel way to approach design. His earlier work dabbled in one-off and limited editions and have become part of public and private collections worldwide. During an object’s incipient design, he plays with angles, degrees and even perception and is bent on creating objects that defy logic and utility, yet being able to solve problems. Ron Gilad says: “I’m like a child. My clients ask me to do one thing and I do another.”

Dear Ingo chandelier for Moooi

His Dear Ingo chandelier for Moooi, attests to the wild creativity of Ron Gilad. In fact, its 16 retractable task lamps is an ode to the famed German lighting genus Ingo Maurer. His Goldman table light for Flos demonstrates his love for minimalism; an expression of how he can achieve a pared-down design yet remain highly functional. His boldest work to-date is the Teorema chest of drawers he dreamt up for Molteni&C at this year’s Milan furniture fair. This eye-catching commode explores the form of a void, and how through small angles, the geometry can change shape and create a micro-architecture that’s relevant and useful.

Teorema drawers for Molteni&C

With a love for shaping aspiring designers, Ron Gilad taught conceptual design at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel at the turn of the millennium and has taught at New York’s Pratt Institute for the last decade. One question he is fond of posing design fledglings, is this: Try to deconstruct the function of a given object and then redefine or find new meaning to its purpose and context in everyday living.