Love for material and technique
The designs by Ruud-Jan Kokke (1965) are characterized by a personal style and design with an eye for detail and functionality. They have a high technical and visual quality with a sober and inventive, playful character and seek out the limits of the possibilities of the used material. Kokke searches until he finds a design that is extremely functional and surprises by its elegance, refinement and almost extreme simplicity. It is successful only when a balance is reached between material, form and functionality.
Ruud-Jan Kokke is a real builder, with great knowledge of and love for materials and construction techniques. At the request of Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Ruud-Jan designed stool TC in 1989. Upon entering, the visitor can take the stool and use it to enjoy art in peace and quiet. Both the shape and the weight show that Kokke is able to reach the extreme limits of manufacturability and use of materials in combination with functionality. The stool is stackable, strong and lightweight (<1 kg).
Ruud-Jan’s work has received several national and international awards. Some of his designs are exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum Boymans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne. Besides designing furniture, Kokke also focuses on architectural and interior projects in schools, government buildings and public spaces.