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Zeev Aram OBE

Zeev Aram OBE

Our beloved Zeev has passed away peacefully. We are very proud of his many achievements, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
- Elizabeth and Daniel Aram

Zeev Aram, Founder and Chairman of Aram Designs, died peacefully at home on Thursday 18 March aged 89.

His was a hugely eventful and fulfilling life, escaping to Palestine from World War 2 Transylvania, being part of the King's Road swinging 60s design scene, building an important design led company, receiving an OBE for services to design and architecture in 2014 and the ADI Compasso d’Oro XXV for Lifetime Achievement in 2018.

After graduating from Central School of Art and Design, Aram worked in the architect practices of Ernö Goldfinger RA, Sir Basil Spence & Partners and Andrew Renton & Associates. Three years later he established his own design practice Zeev Aram & Associates, designing interiors, furniture, graphics, exhibition and product design. Opening his furniture and design showroom on London's Kings Road in 1964 he introduced to the UK market products from Italy by Gavina, Flos, Zanotta and Artemide with designs by Marcel Breuer, A&PG Castiglioni, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Vico Magistretti, Archizoom and Superstudio, amongst others.

Aram Designs opens on the Kings Road

In 1973 Aram Designs moved to a larger premises in Covent Garden. In the same year Aram met with Eileen Gray who granted him the license to produce and market her designs. He worked closely with Gray and played a fundamental role in introducing her designs to the world market.

Aram Designs Kean Street Covent Garden

Aram was the Director of The Aram Gallery for Experimental and New Design, a non-commercial gallery curating shows focused on experimental design. Through his series of graduate shows he introduced many new designers, such as Thomas Heatherwick and Jasper Morrison, who have gone on to become prolific figures in the design industry.

Zeev Aram with Bonaparte Chairs

Zeev Aram is survived by his wife Elizabeth, son Daniel, daughters Debby and Karen, and his ten grandchildren.

Zeev Aram reflects on his design philosophy with Tom Jenkins of Crane TV, a contemporary-culture video magazine focusing on arts, design, style, food and travel, around the world.

Photography credits:
Home page banner portrait - Ivan Jones
Headline portrait - Jessica Klingelfuss
Kean Street interior - Veerle Evens