JRUITER is a product (industrial) design firm without boundaries. We pride ourselves in finding new ways to solve problems and create new icons in the industry. We find new approaches, and find new inspirations in otherwise common things.
Our process can’t be defined by a fancy graphic or tag lines…. We make things. Our “things” are seen, manufactured, and sold all over the world.
jruiter + studio
workshop, by appointment only
grand rapids- Michigan
616 283 1610- Read Less
Joey Ruiter is redefining expectations in the world of art and design. A major influence in the global design community, he has earned best-in-class recognition for his work. His signature is design that meets everyday needs in surprising ways — pushing limits to confront established expectations. His eclectic mix ranges from office furniture to sculpture, concept watercraft to household objects, even bicycles and birdhouses.
“I see the designer’s role to lead people to what’s next…to push, to imagine, to create something great. It is important to me that people find a relationship with the objects that I create, inspiring creates new stories, memories and interactions with each other. Ultimately, that’s really what it’s all about.”- Read Less
For Joey Ruiter, the joy of the design process is seeing around what is expected. Founder and design lead of jruiter + studio, Ruiter can’t wait to strip a machine down to the bare parts, to ignore the accepted norm and to start over. From office furniture makers and power boaters to urban fashionistas, Ruiter helps businesses re-conceptualize their products to present today’s design-savvy public with a fresh look at what’s next. A recognized rising talent, Ruiter sold his first office chair design before he earned his diploma from Kendall College of Art and Design. He won his first Best of NeoCon® Gold award just two years later. You can find this owner of 25+ design patents in Popular Science, Metropolis and Discovery Channel’s Geek-Week, meeting with industry leaders or doing what he likes best – creating inspiring products from his studio in West Michigan.
“When companies hire me, they get a broad range of experience that crosses the design disciplines, to create objects at their core that stand out. To get there, you have to see around what we are being asked to do. FInd the real, honest answers and try to establish a plan. Sometimes the answer doesn’t even involve me. But when you can get rid of all the cheese, fluff, and doodads, you can create icons. Great products of yesterday and today simply do what they are supposed to do. It’s not mysterious. And you wonder why it hasn’t been there the whole time.”
“Stripping machines down to their core essence and rebuilding them leads me to new discoveries, thoughts and inspiration. I love to spend time browsing in antique shops. You can learn a lot from past technologies that changed our cultural outlook. These are ideas that changed our lives, like the micro computer does now. What if you could find a new way to use things or see things that are already familiar? It creates another chapter, just when you thought you were at the end of the story.”- Read Less