Industrial design icon Ron Arad has crafted six new versions of his “Big Easy” chair, each in a different color of resin. Released in collaboration with Opera Gallery, the limited-edition versions are set to go on sale at the upcoming Salon Art + Design in New York, which kicks off on November 10.
Arad designed his Big Easy chair back in 1988, and it quickly became one of his most notable pieces. Its silhouette of an overstuffed armchair went on to be commercially produced by the Italian brand Moroso, in materials such as steel, upholstery, and molded polyethylene. Now, working alongside Opera’s founder Gilles Dyan, the Big Easy arrives in solid resin, in an edition of eight chairs per six individual colors. The first three of these colorful iterations – inOlive, Transparent and Yellow – will be on show at the upcoming fair.
Dyan, who founded Opera back in 1994, has known Arad for many years. His own personal collection features a few pieces by the Israeli designer, and this particular collaboration came about after he made the suggestion that Arad explored the use of resin across some of his existing works. The Big Easy marks the first iteration of this collaborative project, with more versions slated to come. “The gallery has always been a longtime supporter of Ron Arad’s work,” Dyan said. We are pleased to start an exclusive collaboration with him through a series of design pieces made exclusively of clear resin reinterpreting some of his most iconic works.”
After a preview at PAD in London last month, Arad’s limited edition Opera Chairs will launch at Salon Art + Design at The Armory on November 10 and will be on view until November 12.
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Salon Art + Design
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
New York, NY
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