Ron Arad & the late Vidal Sassoon, London 2011
Ron Arad, winner of The London Design Medal, and the late Vidal Sassoon (who died aged 84 in 2012), winner of special Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ron Arad won the fifth London Design Medal in 2011. Here, he's at the Medal dinner at St Paul's (see also photograph 23) with the late Vidal Sassoon, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. I can remember in the 80s when Ron had his studio in Covent Garden, and the stairs played musical notes as you walked down them. There he was welding his Rover chairs – wish I had bought one then! Later I interviewed him prior to his Barbican show.