Ruho’s journey begins with objects discarded and presumably at the end of their life cycle. What is otherwise conceived as a final stage of a furniture, object or space is perceived by Ruho as a chance for a new beginning and a new design. Ruho is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn founded in 2015 by architect/artist Natalia Roumelioti and structural engineer Odysseas Olysseou.
Whether the new fine objects are seen merely as pieces of art or functional furniture, Ruho’s mission is not to defend either, but to invite the audience and the user to decide through their own engagement and experience. Ruho’s belief is that the work itself aspires to be experienced and enjoyed on its own terms, and that the value lies as much in the process, as in the intricacy of the new objects that provide a memorable experience and presence.
Over the last year Ruho has built a collection of furniture with a focus on timeless design and a sensitive eye to sustainable behavior. Reclaiming the lost value of an object entails rigorous exercise of hand-made craftsmanship via transformation, addition, subtraction and other operations such as bricolage. Ruho brings back life to remnants of discarded pieces of furniture and on occasions monumentalizes their presence in time & space with the use of concrete. Ruho’s commitment to handmade craftsmanship, genuine design and material sensibility is combined with a formal balance between minimalism and the wildly extravagant.
Natalia Roumelioti is an architect and artist living in NYC. She is the co-founder & creative director of Ruho Design. She is also the founder of NTILIT, a design studio dedicated to a passion of creating wearable sculptures. She studied architecture at NTUA of Athens, then she pursued a Master in Design/Space/Culture at the NTUA and later on a Master on Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University in NY.
Odysseas Olysseou is a structural engineer living in NYC. He is the co-founder & lead fabricator of Ruho Design. His working experience as a structural engineer has extended through a series of projects in the metropolitan area and abroad while working at Thornton Tomasetti. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Thessaly and received a Master of Environmental Design of Cities & Buildings from the Hellenic Open University.
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