Rod Arad Awarded the London Design Medal

Today marks the halfway point of the currently-running London Design Festival, and now the annual even has crowned its king. At a ceremony in the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the fest’s top prize, the London Design Medal, was awarded to Ron Arad. “Thank you London,” the designer/architect said at the event, “I couldn’t imagine doing whatever I’m doing anywhere else in the world.” Arad now joins the ranks of the likes of Marc Newson and Zaha Hadid, winners from previous years. Design Week spoke with festival director Ben Evans, who had this to say about the win:

He has carved out a market of his own and his work is now included in virtually every major collection. As professor of design products at the Royal College of Art for ten years, his influence on design and young designers has been huge and he has contributed greatly to the current generation of telented designers now dominating design.’