The Ron Arad Rocks new jewellery collections! exhibition at the Louisa Guinness Gallery in London brings together old and new work from the Israeli designer, including his latest range of jewellery made from jagged pieces of silicone (+ slideshow).
The Rocks collection is made from slabs of silicone that have been hand-carved by Arad, and feature sections of patterned silk embedded inside. Earrings are made from single pieces, while necklaces feature several sections suspended alongside one another.
London-based designer’s Naja series of pendants was also created for the exhibition. The necklaces are made from circular pieces of quartz that function as magnifying glasses, and are wrapped in bands of gold or silver.
The pendants take their name from a species of cobra that features monocle-like markings on the back of its hood.
Among the Naja collection, the Perfectly Coiled versions are handmade, but appear to have been created by a machine. The Free Hand pieces were drawn in pencil by Arad, then recreated by a goldsmith.
“I have always been inspired by Ron’s work,” said gallery owner Louisa Guinness. “I am astonished by his consistent ability to solve practical problems with simplicity, intelligence and aesthetic panache.”