Ron Arad thought he could save the world with his chairs. His furniture may not have actually rescued the planet, but he has surely saved the design world from boredom and predictability: Tables standing on walls, armchairs made of car seats, and crystal chandeliers that display text messages . . . He’s titled a new show “No Discipline”—which could mean that he’s transforming all of them.
First he outraged art audiences in the early '90s with works like his shark in formaldehyde. (The New York city department of health banned one piece on the grounds that it might induce vomiting.) Then he outraged critics with tactics like decorating a cast of a human skull with 8,601 diamonds worth more than $20 million. Now, the ultimate British bad boy has outraged dealers by skipping the gallery and selling his work at auction. He may have just been making a little Hirst-style mischief— or changing the state of the art market forever.