Leon Ransmeier believes that “use follows form”. As a hands-on designer, Ransmeier works by developing full-scale, usable prototypes. “The only way you can create well-designed objects is by experiencing the objects yourself,” he says.
In 2008 he established Ransmeier Inc., a New York-based industrial design practice. Notable projects include the Chiaro chair for Mattiazzi and the Revolver bar stool for HAY. Ransmeier’s collaboration with industry often results in subtle interventions into the way we perceive and use things.
With his AGL Table Group for Herman Miller, Ransmeier’s focus was to bring comfort and refinement to a familiar form: the table surface. Improving on something as seemingly straightforward and ubiquitous as the table involved considering every detail at length.
It is a level of concentration that Ransmeier finds very fulfilling. “More often than not, the design process is composed of a general challenge that is broken down into many small endeavours. It’s not possible to solve the greater problem at hand without addressing the component tasks. If one cannot enjoy the details, one will never find satisfaction in the whole.”
New York, New York
SF MoMA collection
Corning Museum of Glass collection
Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum collection
Exhibited in Beautiful Users, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2014), Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams, SF MoMA 2011, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Triennials: Design Life Now (2006) and Why Design Now? (2010)