Born in 1963 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Arik Levy owned a surfboard shop and graphic-design business before moving to Europe at the age of 27.

He studied in Switzerland, graduating with a distinction in industrial design from Art Center Europe in 1991.

Soon after, he won the Seiko Epson prize and spent time in Japan contributing to Seiko Epson projects and several design exhibitions before returning to Europe.

Levy taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris from 1992-1994 while also producing stage sets for the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Finnish National Ballet and the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel.

In 1997, together with graphic designer Pippo Lionni, Levy founded his own studio in Paris, Ldesign, where he works in the fields of product, interior, graphic and exhibition design.

Many of his early designs were for French furniture company Ligne Roset, with his ‘Arik’ sofa (2002) receiving three French design awards that year. He has also produced beautiful lighting and accessory pieces for Ligne Roset, such as his ‘Very Thin’ lights from 2004.

Recent designs for Zanotta and Living Divani reveal his sculptural approach to furniture. The ‘Level’ shelving for Zanotta (2007-2008; pictured) features coloured boxes to highlight contrast between the voids and solids, while the ‘Wire’ tables have bases like 3D spirographs. The use of wire loops is something that Levy has revisited many times for different manufacturers.

His ‘Fluid’ storage range for Desalto (Wallpaper’s Best Shelving 2009) evokes stacked birdcages, and the designer’s ‘Hoop’ sofa for Living Divani creates the illusion of floating cushions.

Arik Levy has won a host of awards throughout his career but, since 2005, they have come thick and fast. In 2006, his ‘Mistic’ vase for Turkish accessories company Gaia&Gino was recognised with a Design Plus award.

He was a finalist in the Wallpaper Furniture Designer of the Year category in 2007 and has subsequently won the equivalent honour at Elle Decoration’s International Design Awards in 2008.

His ‘SH05 ARIE’ shelving for e15 took out both a Red Dot award at Essen and an Interior Innovation award at IMM Cologne in 2009.

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One-time surf-shop owner and graphic designer in Tel Aviv, Levy now works in Paris, where his studio, Ldesign, tackles a broad range of projects for clients as varied as Adidas and Swarovski.

Levy’s interest in lighting developments has led to an installation using new light-emitting glass technology, in conjunction with French firm SAAZS. While the technology impresses, it’s the ability to create objects that illuminate without conforming to standard shapes that interests Levy. He is an artist who has a fascination with science.

Best known for…

Levy’s sculptural manipulations in metal for Italian furniture companies Zanotta, Living Divani and Desalto.

His slick lighting and accessories in polished chrome and glass for French manufacturer Ligne Roset and Turkish brand Gaia&Gino are clever expressions of minimalism.

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