Ron Gilad

Ron Gilad, Platform + Border = Fruit Bowl (Part 1), 2000, wood, brass, 3 1/2 x 11 x 11".

WHEN THE DESIGNER RON GILAD moved from Tel Aviv to New York in 2001, he felt like an alien; he couldn’t quite find the words in English to express the punning visuality of his thoughts. Fortunately, the objects he creates speak in their own tongue—a language that straddles the “fat, delicious line between the abstract and the functional,” as his professional biography puts it.

Eleven years later, Gilad still feels like an alien in New York, caught not so much between Hebrew and English, or between verbal and visual language, as between the world of art and the world of design. Still, he has been fortunate enough to be recognized by both, and his work has found its way into the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art and garnered a small, informal exhibition, in 2006, at the city’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Despite the much-decried

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