He has been called an engineer, a scientist and a poet: Israeli-born Arik Levy is one of the design world's lateral thinkers who has gained a reputation for hard work and rigorous design ideas for companies around the world including Living Divani, Zanotta, Vitra, Serralunga, Baccarat and Swarovski. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1963, Levy graduated from Industrial Design at the Art Centre College of Design in Switzerland in 1991. Winning the Seiko Epson Inc competition that year brought him design commissions in Japan. On returning to Europe, he began working as an industrial designer and teaching, as well as creating stage sets for modern dance, ballet and opera.
Opening his Paris studio, Idesign, in 1997 with Pippo Lionni, Levy works across furniture, lighting, interior architecture, packaging, signage and exhibitions that include the Swarovski show he launched in Milan in 2010. Recent projects for furniture groups include Toolbox for Vitra, a cute and practical way to store things on your desk. the Hoop sofa series for Living Divani made from sculptural wire, as well as the Wire series of tables for Zanotta that explore Levy's tact with materials that he readily speaks passionately about.
"Just like in a biological process, I obtained this cyber form by assembling elements, multiplying them, changing their disposition, connecting them to a structure or just to one another in empty space. The objects give the illusion of constant movement as if they could expand and grow into any dimension and proportion."
Levy has also been busy working with Design Miami/Basel where he launched the Rock Series in 2010, a Barney Rubble of a shelving unit but with the craftsmanship Rubble could only dream about creating, and along the same lines as Rock, a very simple devise for opening water bottles called Water=Life released during Maison Object in 2011.
Stay tuned for more news of what Arik Levy did next, featuring in the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair news updates during April.