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.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Chair Company introduces Bodie, a new line of lounge furniture designed around the user experience.
Designed by Joey Ruiter, the winner of multiple “Best of NeoCon” awards and owner of 25+ design patents, Bodie .proves that exceptional design can be made affordable.
“Bodie is a new direction for us in terms of style and application,” says Grand Rapids Chair founder and CEO Dave Miller. “But our existing customers will recognize all the hallmarks of a Grand Rapids Chair product – superior craftsmanship, remarkable durability and infinite personalization in addition to affordability.”
The line includes:
• A lounge chair in a choice of fully upholstered, upholstered front/wood back, for wood/upholstered seat-pad versions, plus two base options: five-star or pedestal.
•an Ottoman that mimics the form and material options of the chair; pedestal base.
• Personal side table, low coffee table, and work-height boat-shaped table in wood or laminate, with a pedestal base.
Lounge spaces are intended to provide comfort and support collaboration. The Bodie chair satisfies the first requirement with wide seats and an open, armless design that allows unrestricted movement. An optional ottoman offers additional comfort.
The chair’s narrow back and unobtrusive base “disappear” when in use, keeping the user squarely in focus. This enhances face-to-face communication and group collaboration. It also ensures that interior design choices drive the aesthetic of a space.
That’s not to say that Bodie fades into the background. Its clean lines and modern profiles, combined with near-infinite upholstery, finish and color options, make it a signature statement piece for any organization.
“I have always been fond of designers that ensure their designs maintain their initial vision – like when a swivel lounge returns to its original position” says Ruiter.. “It’s about making statement pieces work well while in use, and look visually pleasing and inviting when not in use.”
The Bodie Table collection-
Informal, Intimate, and Infinitely Adaptable.
Bodie’s streamlined design creates a relaxed, sociable feel perfect for spurring collaboration and engagement. A personal side table, low coffee table, low conference and standard conference height table accommodate numerous environments and tasks, while endless wood and laminate finish options allow a one-of-a-king look. Matches beautifully with Bodie lounge chairs and ottomans.
Like many of its products, Bodie is named after a member of the Grand Rapids Chair family – in this case, President Geoff Miller’s Labrador Retriever, who accompanies Miller to work every day.
Bodie is one of three new product lines debuting at NeoCon 2013, each developed by a prominent designer working for the first time with Grand Rapids Chair Company. Together with a new permanent showroom in The Merchandise Mart, these design collaborations represent the company’s expanded emphasis on the contract furniture industry.
Bodie is on display in suite 394 of The Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2013. It will be available for order entry in September 2013.- Read Less
5-17-13, reboot buggy seen on 28th street sw Grand Rapids Mi.
6-14-13, reboot buggy dune testing, silver lake state park, Mi.
EMAIL for press and upcoming motoring events-
We have decided to unleash our design philosophy on the automobile. Particularly the notion of a city car.
project-named “reboot buggy”, it’s an exercise in curiosity and what-if’s. Starting from nothing, we gathered hot-rodders, race car builders, trained and “home-grown” experts to see what is possible without what we already know.
I want to know what a vehicle would be without the “user-centered” philosophy. What does it want to be without the things we place in as needs. we are sure to polarize our fan base with this one.
The automobile starts with the simple task to move us from one point to another. Anything extra is purely for our personal comfort and enjoyment. It has very little to do with getting us somewhere.
“I drive old era cars. Cars that need your full attention when driving. I can feel the road, I hear the motor, and I understand whats happening around me mechanically.”
This isn’t a shape contest. With little body work highlighted and no decorative grille shapes to design around, the raw parts necessary for movement become highlighted. The resulting vehicle, like objects in the rear view mirror, appears larger than it is.
“It’s grossly basic and crude, and I am loving it.”
The car will be powered by a small block chevy, gasoline, high power motor. It may seem like an odd choice, but anyone knows this motor, anyone can work on them, and they are easily re-built from local sources. In all, over 90,000,000 small-blocks have been built in carbureted and fuel injected forms since 1955.
“I think this car is somewhere between a prius and a horse & buggy. It almost needs to be both at the same time. We have to reconsider everything and ignore what we should do.”
Stay tuned… our nuts and bolts, locally sourced, re-used, re-claimed, and re-thought vehicle is becoming a reality.
*a special thanks to a couple of our supporters already-
Accurate Engines, Grand Rapids MI
FabFarm LLC, Holland, MI
LENGER RACING LLC, Grandville, MI
Metro Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI
This “Growler” concept concept city commuter is a working sketch prototype in a series of thoughts on what we carry around with us and the importance of those items. We took a Growler from a local pub and set off to design a bike around it. With or without the beer, this changed how we view typical beach/ city “cruisers.”
29er fat wheel set, monarch springer front end, 2 speed internal kickback hub, disc brakes
photo: dean van dis- Read Less
From the familiar to the unexpected, moto undone ignores what makes motorcycles interesting.
At jruiter I.D. we want to re-set the definition of a motorbike by stripping away historical attributes that make them so great. It’s hard to image a motorcycle without fancy paint, overpowered motors, exposed mechanical genius, and sweet exhaust tones.
Moto undone is pure generic transportation and by motorbike category definition it isn’t very cool.
There motorbike references are small and when someone is riding they are all you see. The bike almost disappears. The rider just floats along the streets silently.
Powered by a 1000w 48v electric hub motor, moto undone has a range of 90 miles or about 3 hours. All gauges and riding information, like speed and gps, is displayed through smart phones by downloadable apps.
On display at the GRAM, Grand Rapids Art Museum, september 21 – October 9, 2011
photo credits, Dean Van Dis
rider, Pete McDaniel
Publication Date: September 12, 2012
A collection of the best and most popular bikes to be found anywhere right now, this book gives the overview of what is out there for every kind of cyclist. Whether you are a BMXtreme or mountain bike enthusiast, a keen tourer or racer, a city commuter or courier, or simply fascinated with the constantly advancing mechanics and engineering of folding and other innovative bike designs, this book has something for you. 100 Best Bikes is the essential resource for anyone wanting to know what is the best they can find now in design and engineering for every kind of bike.
check out http://www.innercitybikes.com for information and availability- Read Less
Getting Static Conference Rooms Moving
The development of Passport conference furniture, Nucraft’s award-winning meeting and collaboration solution, started as an open-ended question: What’s a better way to accommodate project teams in conference rooms? To find the answer, Nucraft turned to the experts: Its customers. Over the course of six months, Nucraft conducted extensive customer-site research with users, facility managers, and designers into the issues that they face every day with conference rooms. What obstacles do they face? What do they need to enhance people’s productivity, efficiency, and comfort? “We know conference rooms are in high demand and often used by different project teams,” said Matt Schad, (Director of Marketing and Business Development). “The concept of a single project team reserving a conference room for weeks or months at a time is no longer viable, because the rooms are often left vacant. It’s a waste of space. But how do we make them efficient for multiple users?” He said Nucraft didn’t draw any conclusions ahead of time, and didn’t have any preconceived notions about products. “Our goal was to define the issues up front and let that guide product development.”
Joey Ruiter: The Designer for the Job
Accompanying Nucraft teams on research visits to customer sites was Joey Ruiter, Nucraft’s choice to design the solution. “Joey was perfect for it,” said Schad. “When we have a tough problem, we always bring it to Joey because he’s such a creative thinker with a sophisticated, innovative, and elegant design sense.” Ruiter, a Grand Rapids, Michigan industrial designer, has a strong relationship with Nucraft. He’s previously designed Nucraft’s Cavara casegoods and Flow conference table. And he is gaining worldwide recognition for his ability to look at common products, like bikes, cars, and boats, in new ways that embrace today’s materials, technology, and trends. “I want to give people something they can own, or discover, or conquer,” he says. “Something that they deserve and makes them feel better about themselves.” For this project, he put the challenge this way: “What is a hard-working room today? Once we learn that, what kind of products do we want to work on?”
The Roots of an Idea
Passport designer Joey Ruiter says he drew inspiration for what a project room could be by studying Winston Churchill’s war room. After studying the Nucraft research, Ruiter started to come up with concepts for what might be a solution for conference rooms. His early sketches for the project show that Ruiter had devised the basic concepts for Passport almost immediately, which is fairly typical for the inventive Ruiter. “Here’s the secret to my process,” he said. “I start with a schematic drawing to define users’ needs and the design constraints.” To illustrate, he sketches his thinking process for a new stool he developed, starting with the measurements and angles that people require for ergonomic sitting. The simple lines and proportions of the stool logically and quickly followed, and the design was well underway. For Passport, Ruiter first considered the basic possibilities for a conference-room-size space: One table that doesn’t move; mobile tables that users can reconfigure; or a fixed table that moves. And what about the walls? How can they be used more efficiently and effectively? And then there’s storage to consider. Ideas, explorations, and sketches turned to detailed mechanical drawings and a proposal for Nucraft, whichincluded two industry-firsts that make Passport a unique and truly innovative solution.
Passport adjusts the conference room to the guests, instead of the other way around. Its unique sliding top, the first of its kind in the industry, lets users properly position the table relative to the marker surface or monitor, reconfiguring easily to solve any meeting or project need. Power/data access is designed to move with the table top, remaining fully connected in every position.
The Passport activity wall features a vast presentation/marker board with concave curves that wrap toward the audience and built-in storage for racked equipment and other items. An optional mobile display panel lets you adjust flat screen monitors horizontally and vertically while neatly managing cables.
visit http://www.nucraft.com for more information, images, and pricing- Read Less
check out the fly through of the Neocon showroom 2012 for izzy-
Nemo Bar and Trellis
NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2012: June 11-13, 2012
The Merchandise Mart, Showrooms 11-100
CHICAGO – June 2012 – Through the years, Joey Ruiter and Chuck Saylor have dedicated untold hours to sketching out and thinking through furniture that can support a balanced approach to new styles of working and learning, both for individuals and for teams.
The result of that effort and inventiveness is being introduced to the contract interiors marketplace at Neocon 2012, with the commercial launch of the Nemo Bar and Trellis by izzy, two pieces that can function very well independently but may be even more effective and better together.
“This is step one of a continuing journey at izzy+ to create products that inspire, encourage and support the power of collaboration,” says Saylor, founder and CEO of izzy+.
“We’re lowering the barriers to communication and connection,” adds Ruiter of JRuiter + Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a long-time collaborator with Saylor and izzy+. “People need space to develop and share ideas.”
The Nemo Bar and Trellis by izzy, both of which were shown in concept form during the two previous NeoCon shows, help create inspiring spaces for next-generation knowledge workers and learners. The Bar offers a hub for connection and collaboration, where ideas may be freely shared. The Trellis provides a sense of enclosure and privacy for one individual to several people at a time, along with options for power and technology.
Equally at home in a corporate office, college setting or airport lounge, the Bar and Trellis create a flexible environment that fosters, supports, and stimulates a free-flowing exchange where two or more are gathered, while also providing a sanctuary for semi-private work or reflection, according to Saylor and Ruiter.
The Bar is available both in counter and bar height and the tabletop surface comes in 8, 10 and 12-foot lengths to accommodate 6, 8 or 10 people. The surface choices include an array of veneers or laminates. The Trellis, both freestanding or wall-mounted, can be ordered in 20 standard configurations.
Both the Bar and Trellis are built primarily of steel and cast and extruded aluminum for maximum durability and recyclability to reduce the impact on the environment at the end of the product’s life. Customer and designers are free to specify materials to fill in the frames of the Trellis or the leg base of the Bar to make a colorful and customized design statement that can change over time. The fresh and extensive izzy+ flavors palette offers designers a plethora of choices in materials and colors.
Consistent with the izzy+ modernist design philosophy, the Bar and Trellis reflect clean and simple geometric forms. Both elements support the ideas associated with layering, change of scale and intuitive functionality. Using recyclable materials, both the Bar and Trellis strive for a balanced, organic pureness of form that elegantly fulfill the desired function of each.
Ruiter and Saylor continue to hone and develop new concepts for the Nemo collection, and several prototype pieces, including lounge seating, low benches, tables and privacy “cocoons” for heads-down work, will be shown in the izzy+ showroom space 11-100 during NeoCon 2012.
By providing some structure for informal space, says Ruiter, community is created and information can be quickly shared. “This is how learning happens today,” he says.
“Encouraged by easy access to information, transparency, a strong desire to contribute and grow,” says Saylor, “people are increasingly seeking to leverage each other and looking for inspiring places that encourage spontaneous interaction and reflection.”
With Nemo Bar and Trellis by izzy, he adds, the interactive and reflective adventure has just begun.
The employees of izzy+ (http://www.izzyplus.com) design, manufacture and market office furniture and seating that solve real problems for real people. The focus is to provide designers with the tools to create inspiring work spaces for forward-thinking customers in home offices and small businesses, in executive offices and board rooms, in hospitals and classrooms. Its award-winning products are marketed under the brand names izzy, HÅG, Harter, Fixtures Furniture and ABCO. Based in Spring Lake, MI, izzy+ is a business of JSJ Corporation of Grand Haven, MI.- Read Less
I can’t believe I found this car just a few miles from our shop. After 18 years of sitting, this 1962 lincoln continental has emerged altered but not ruined.
An awesome example of American 60’s design at it’s finest or worst. It’s really big, heavy, and slow. My plan is to seriously modify this beast into a sort-of rational, family hauling driver…
Rational is a stretch but hey, I live in futurist fantasy most of the time anyway-- Read Less