Ron Gilad at Dilmos @ Salone Milan 2012

Ron Gilad at Dilmos @ Salone Milan 2012

The Israeli-born new york-based designer Ron Gilad, presented a solo exhibition at Dilmos Gallery entitled ” The line, the arch, the circle & the square” illustrating the building blocks of his new series of sculptural projects. The collection titled, examines the basic elements of composition

In this exhibition for Dilmos, each object is the translation of an argument and each idea synthesizes a thought. Gilad‘s goal is to frame everyday objects within perfect geometry, simply altering their function and giving them new life

Ron Gilad uses simple geometries to describe the transformation of objects as an imaginary dimension.

With note of humor and irony, Gilad takes up the opportunity to invite us into a “theatre of the absurd”. Here objects are not what they seem, or more accurately, shapes do not immediately suggest function, quite on the contrary.

The LINE: emerges from a cut in the wall to form a thin iron line which – not without kindness – supports a candle.

The ARCH: shows the capacity for simple solid geometry to become a seat.

The CIRCLE: doesn’t just hold a mirror, a clock, or an LED light fixture, it embodies the designer’s arguments about concepts such as point / surface / container and, of course, circle.

The SQUARE: through its slow evolution contains a fragment of the mystery of forms.

His work revolves around ideas which relate to foundational concepts of the history of form in respect to architecture, art, and design, often resulting in what he refers to as ‘three-dimensional concepts’.

Since 1980, Dilmos has been hosting exhibitions with designers that “express a philosophy where each piece of furniture is a representation and at the same time a key to deeper thoughts, a way of communicating and interacting with the world.”

Ron Gilad‘s installation embodies this perfectly, with the designer exploring objects and their respective functions with a playful approach.

Not made for mass production, these pieces will be sold as limited edition pieces


I try to convey thoughts and arguments through form.”

Ron Gilad‘s objects are the end-result of what might be called “three-dimensional concepts”.  He uses simple geometries to describe the transformation of objects, in an imaginary dimension.

Many of the ideas he has been developing for years relate to foundational concepts of the history of form, as well as to architecture, art, and design.

The very title of this one man exhibition for Dilmos – “The Line, The Arch, The Circle & The Square” – illustrates with utter simplicity the building blocks in his new series of creations.

In his second show for Dilmos – following “IX Mirrors” (2011) – Gilad once again shows us a thought process which involves many stops along a single path where each element connects back to the preceding one while also sending us on to the next.

He is not concerned about whether the idea originated recently or ten years ago: the important thing is to add ever new stimulus to the perception of the reality which surrounds us.

Led both by instinct and reason, Gilad’s goal is to frame everyday objects within perfect geometry, altering their function and giving them new life.

The objects exhibited – seats, coat racks, mirrors, and light fixtures – confirm how successfully and freely Gilad moves among disparate crafts and a wide range of materials.

The pieces conveyed included mirrors, lighting fixtures and seats demonstrating the designer’s ability to work between different materials and various craft forms through his creative practice. the show was a kind of ‘theatre of the absurd’, whereby the ‘furniture’ exhibited where not necessarily what they seemed, their shapes not immediately suggesting function, but rather the contrary.

One example is the bench series which picks up on the classic architectonic shape of the arch; using extremely refined techniques to work with marble, he handles this material as if it was as malleable and light as paper.

The installation is Ron Gilad‘s physically realized three dimensional sketchbook, as the display has been created to explore the object and its function through an inquisitive or playful approach.

The trained industrial designer has developed a highly cerebral reconfiguration of basic shapes and forms. indicative of gilad’s evolving visual language, the collection of design pieces include a range of visually accessible works, having been realized as hybrid objects in limited edition, one-of-a-kind and production pieces.

‘the line, the arch, the circle + the square’ ultimately aids in the facilitation of an open dialogue surrounding contemporary design and art.

Oscillating between the logical and the absurd, randomness and causality, strictness and flexibility, Ron Gilad leads us – object by object, idea by idea – along his conceptual road map, to a place where everyone may interpret what they see, guided by their own imagination

Upholstered seat with fixed cover and feet in lacquered steel. Metal structure finished with polyurethane.

Appropriating the Thonet chair no.14, shape, shrinking it and reproducing it in steel, allowed the stability for it to function as a support to the other components

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