Ron Arad Rover Chairs Pair by One Off Ltd, circa 1981

by Ron Arad

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Material Leather
Style Industrial
Period 1980 to 1989
Dimensions H 96.52 cm x W 66.04 cm x D 96.52 cm x SH 35.56 cm
Product Code ‌SA00039

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Ron Arad Rover chairs pair by One Off Limited, circa 1981 Fabulous pair of Ron Arad Black leather Rover chairs by One Off Limited circa 1981, both chairs finished in black leather with reclining facility and a forward, both chairs come with headrests. Ron Arad said he "hardly designed anything" when creating his readymade Rover Chair The Rover chair was produced using discarded seats from vehicles made by the now-defunct British car company of the same name. The seat is set to make a return to production as an updated version next year. Israeli-born designer Ron Arad made his first Rover Chair in 1981 after he grew tired of his job at an architect's practice in north London. "I went to a scrapyard behind the Roundhouse on a mission to find a car seat that I would make a domestic chair out of, "I knew I had to choose one [model of car] and the Rover won because it was a nice fitting leather chair that was fixed to the car at four points so it was easy for me to fix it onto the frame." Arad adapted tubular steel Kee Klamps that are commonly used in milking stalls to make the frame for the chair, which features curving sections that form the armrests clamped to horizontal supports . "I hardly designed anything – it was all readymade," Arad added. "I felt it was more to do with [Marcel] Duchamp and found objects than it was with [Jean] Prouvé or [Marcel] Breuer and with furniture design, but I was wrong because I once found a photograph of a chair by Prouvé that looks amazingly like it." The first chairs were manufactured by Arad at his studio in Covent Garden and Rolf Fehlbaum, the chairman of design brand Vitra, was one of the first people to turn up and buy one. A year later Arad said fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier knocked on the door and asked to buy six. "After that it became – by my standards in those days – a bestseller and I couldn't get enough of them so I employed two people with a van to scour the country's scrapyards and get every Rover seat they could get their hands on," Arad recalled. He worked with a local upholsterer specialised in automotive trimming to renovate the seats and continued producing the chair under his One Off label until 1989. "It was so successful it was boring so I declared the last hundred," Arad said. "I kept the first two and they were in the house and my daughters grew up on them and the cat sat on them. Then, when they were exhibited at my show ‘No Discipline’ at the Pompidou Centre I was told off for touching my own chair without wearing white gloves.” Summery: Midcentury design Ron Arad One Off limited Rover chairs Pair Black leather Investment Practical and beautiful Condition: The chairs are offered in excellent condition, the seats are in very good condition apart from a couple of small nicks to the rear of the seats, normal age related wear, the frames have been recently re powder coated in black. Dimensions: Width 26” inches / 67cm Depth 38” inches / 96cm Height 38” inches / 96cm Floor to seat 14’ / 36cm.

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