Award winning and globally acclaimed designer, Joey Ruiter pushes through the boundaries of the norm and finds new ways to solve problems which leads to products that are as useful as they are jaw dropping. He has the ability to see around the expected and to notice the unexpected in otherwise ordinary things. He can’t wait to strip a machine down to the bare parts so that he can start over. From office furniture makers and power boaters to urban fashionistas, Ruiter helps businesses redefine and reintroduce their products to the design-savvy public who is always ready for something new.
With over 25 design patents, you can find Ruiter featured in a wide range of various media including Popular Science, Metropolis, GQ, Auto Blog, Discovery Channel and GeekWeek. When he’s not meeting with industry leaders or magazine interviewers, he’s probably at home in West Michigan doing what he loves best. Making things. Things that are seen, made and sold all over the world.
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.” joey ruiter
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Designer Joey Ruiter’s studio is a tall pole barn painted black,
nestled among trees in West Michigan. Sketches of designs ranging from
half-baked to fully realized clutter the walls, and to some, the random
materials strewn about could seem chaotic. But to Ruiter, they sit at
the heart of how he works best—a little chaos, followed by a lot of
You’ll find designs like Ruiter’s all-black, slim-cut
snowmobile moped that just arrived back home after a jaunt at New York
Fashion Week as well as a wall of bulky tires and an all-black deer
trophy. His ability to stitch together unexpected elements to create
highly functional designs might seem like a bit like mad science. But
this curious, spontaneous approach has led him to reimagine conventional
office furniture designs, resulting in products like Canvas Office
“It’s like an approach of a mad
scientist—I can handle a lot of conflicting issues at once and make
sense of it by stripping it down and getting to the core of it.”
Herman Miller approached Ruiter about a new addition to Canvas
to get a different perspective. The request? A workstation that fit
within a compressed footprint, all without compromising people’s
experiences or reverting to a benching application. He sketched out a
few ideas right away that would become a very close match to what Canvas
Vista looks like today.
For the next year, Ruiter tweaked and tuned his design, trying to strip
the desking system down to the essentials. To him, the best designs seem
effortless, where you don’t see the complex engineering that brings
them to life. They should look simple, too. Ruiter didn’t want Vista to
have anything that felt like filler—add-ons without purpose.
One of Ruiter’s “aha” moments came from considering the view from the workstation—hence the name Vista.
Some of his first iterations had arches and doorways to help frame the
view of a person sitting at the desk. But Ruiter quickly realized that
those were unnecessary. He could specifically imply space and give
people privacy, intimacy, and real boundaries—and a sense of ownership
for their personal workspaces—without a literal opening.
So Ruiter created implied planes and boundaries throughout the
workstation, like the open-frame screens and the T-shaped light. These
open frames sit atop the power chase, which has screens that can be
closed for privacy or opened for conversation. The
multi-functional T-Light provides light and gives a visual cue for
boundary. With parts that have more than one purpose, freed-up space can
be better used.
The result is a cleverly efficient design that has everything
it needs and nothing that it doesn’t. How do you do more for people with
less space? Canvas Vista provides the right kind of space for people
while giving organizations a lot more to work with.
Not every sketch is perfect, glamorous, or even legible... but this is the real work and thinking that lead to the production of the new Herman Miller's Canvas Vista system.
By design we can disrupt whole industries. By design, we can change the norms, set new expectations, and create new stories.
This concept pushes toward simple urban transportation that we don't need to worry about as much.
The $49 creates new opportunities for many new stories.
Fly to a new city, bike a bike online for $49 and have it shipped to your destination. When you're done with your trip, give it away. Its cheaper than rentals, more reliable, and no stiff penalties for theft or damage.
$49 isn't a pipe dream. We purchased adult bikes shipped free for less than $65. Stripped the access, found lower cost alternative components, and simplified construction by reducing welding, material, and cutting.
We want to work with a major brand to make this reality. So if you are Huffy, Kent, Granite Peak, Roadmaster, Mongoose, Dynacraft, Schwinn, or Next, please shoot us a line....
Bonkers x 2
110cc Yamaha power train
Timbersled Ripper 90 track system
dog named "Brandy"
photo by: Brian Kelly https://www.briankellyphoto.ne...
What disrupts what we expect to see? And helps us to look beyond what we already know?
Is it the shape, the sound, the size?
Is it when something disrupts the expected?
What makes us wonder what’s next and causes us to begin making the future?
DESIGN: JOEY RUITER
FABRICATION: JEFF LONG
PHOTO on white: Mike Vanderkallen, studio V photography / http://www.studiovphoto.com/
PHOTO outside location: Brian Kelly / http://www.briankellyphoto.com
JACKET: AETHER APPAREL / https://www.aetherapparel.com/
SHOE: UNITED NUDE / https://www.unitednude.com/
The CONSUMER car raises questions about the basic form and function of motoring. Building on what we love the most about cars, The DRIVE.
Small boating sitting side by side.
Formed 1/8” thick aluminum, welding, powder-coating
White oak plank flooring, Xorel upholstered seating, 6hp 4-stroke motor / Electric options
Stay tuned for our Grand River Regatta Race series summer 2017! Early racer entries are starting to be accepted. Send an email for any info and sponsorship opportunities to INFO@JRUITER.COM
Joey Ruiter’s latest stripped down urban commuter for INNER CITY BIKES.
Bike smaller without compromising comfort, ride position, and efficiency. Small for easy storage, light weight and very maneuverable. Offering quick start ups, and a fashion first first culture approach. Standard with a 1x10 drive train disc brakes and completely customizable.
Set yourself apart from the crowed field of commuters.
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