The Folly bench - with its exaggerated dimensions and rust colour, reminiscent of Corten steel - confirms that, for Ron Arad, there is a very fine line between sculpture and design. His creations, whether functional in nature or purely aesthetic, are characterised by delicate lines that suggest dynamism and fluidity. The creative process sometimes takes shape from testing the expressive potential of the materials, often going beyond mere functionality, to obtain plastic and expressive objects that can be reprocessed to become industrial products for the mass public. The Folly bench, a monolithic piece made from rotational-moulded polyethlyene, can accommodate 8-10 people at a time and can be positioned outdoors with coherence and in safety. Here, a fluid design concept generates a shape in which the seat and the backrest/armrests merge together to form a single whole, referring to the symbol of infinity. An ideal position for it? The spaces of the Design Museum Holon, the first Israeli museum for design, designed by Arad himself.
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