My work results from a profound analysis and questioning of the definition and function of ‘furniture’. What is the meaning of concepts like ‘cupboard‘, ‘chair’, or ‘table’? Too often we still associate a ‘chair’ with four legs, a seat, and a back. I want to break with the obvious and create a formal language in which the focus is on visual tension. Through subtle interventions I set out to disrupt the expectations of the user/spectator. Although my furniture is always functional, its perception is as important as its functionality. This tension between the practical and aesthetic value of an object is a constant in my work.??Perception and playing with perspective are of vital importance in my work. Depending on the point of view, the user/spectator is confronted with completely different images of a single object, with a line pattern that creates deformation and movement. The objects are subject to constant change because of the interplay of different factors: form, light, reflection, shadow, and point of view. From one angle an object can seem perfectly stable, while from another it gives the impression that it could fall over at any moment or is able to move. Nothing is what it seems. The creations try, in a sense, to transcend the laws of gravity. Playing with contrasts is a recurrent element: light versus shadow, stability versus instability, recognition versus alienation. My aim is to create perfectly balanced objects that establish a dialogue with the viewer and the surrounding space. Objects that emphasize certain lines in space, that delimit or extend it. I am fascinated by dynamism, transformation, and asymmetry, although a certain balance is always preserved.
The materials used are chosen to reinforce the image of the piece of furniture. High-tech methods are often used in construction, in order to obtain an accurate and balanced result. Paradoxically, it is precisely this complex production process that creates the effect of simplicity: stripped-down surfaces and elements hide carefully thought-out constructions
Stijn Guilielmus Ruys