Ron Arad for One Off 'Rover' Lounge Chairs in Steel and Original Leather

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Ron Arad for One Off, lounge chairs model ‘Rover’, steel, iron, leather, United Kingdom, designed in 1981

With the ‘Rover’ chair Israelian born designer Ron Arad successfully started his career. Arad’s first design sold quickly, also to well-known people Jean Paul Gaultier who bought six chairs immediately. Between 1981 and 1995 approximately 300 ‘Rover’ chairs were produced.

The ‘Rover’ chair is inventive by all means. Arad’s visit to a scrapyard gave the initial idea to recycle the seats of old Rover 2000 cars. These sedan cars of the Rover P6 series were produced between 1963 and 1977. Arad had the idea to reuse the car seat and transform it into a lounge chair for some time. He decided for the Rover car seat as it has four connective points and an interesting mechanism to adjust the position.

The car seat rests on a tubular steel frame. The original car seat features tufted details on the seat and backrest where the leather is arranged in close lines. On top of the backrest the place for the head rest is visible. Another original detail is the handle on the sides which still allows the backrest to be adjusted in its angle. The leather seat rests in a tubular steel frame. Characteristic are the two semicircular frames on the sides as well as the iron joints. The frame strengthens the design and also adds a dynamic tough to the design.

The ‘Rover’ chair is featured in multiple design collections of well-known museums like the MoMA. The two chairs in our collection were bought by the previous owner in the beginning of Arad's career.

Ron Arad (1951-) was born in Tel Aviv. He studied at the Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and also at the Architectural Association in London, where he moved in 1973. Together with Caroline Thorman he opened the design and architecture studio One Off Ltd. in London in 1981. Their goal was to produce pieces of limited edition. This was the beginning of crafting experimental, unconventional furniture designs. In the late 1980s Thorman, Alison Brooks and Arad founded the Ron Arad Associates Ltd. studio. Since the 1990s Arad has worked as a professor at universities. Until today, Arad surprises with highly inventive works. In 1986, his ‘well tempered chair’ and in 1994 the ‘bookworm bookcase’ are just some examples of Arad’s unconventional oeuvre.

Please note that the chairs feature their original black leather. Strong patina on the leather and steel contributes to the authentic look. The leather shows some cracks and the foam has altered. Restoration is possible before shipping by the experienced craftsman in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized restoration is possible as well.

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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator Ron Arad (Designer) One Off Ltd. (Manufacturer)
  • Date of Manufacture 1981
  • Dimensions Height 31.5 in. Width 26.78 in. Depth 36.23 in. Seat Height 15.75 in.
  • Dimensions Height 80 cm Width 68 cm Depth 92 cm Seat Height 40 cm
  • Materials and Techniques Steel Leather Iron
  • Period 1980-1989
  • place of origin United Kingdom
  • sold as set of 2
  • Style Post-Modern (Of the Period)