Stanley Ruiz is an industrial designer and media artist with an extensive background in craft design and production. In his works, he fuses the industrial with the natural to create strange yet familiar contemporary designed objects.
He has been designing home accessories and furniture pieces for major retailers in the USA, Europe, and Australia since 2001. For several years, he worked with talented artisans around Southeast Asia – first in his home country the Philippines, and later in Java and Bali, Indonesia, where he lived for more than 3 years. His works have been shown at Talents, Ambiente in Frankfurt, Maison & Objet in Paris, A+ at Accent on Design - New York International Gift Fair, and at the Designboom Mart, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), New York. His works have been featured in a number of design related websites and magazines, such as Inhabitat, icon, and Elle Decor Italia.
His designs are characterized by a raw yet modern aesthetic, reflecting folk influences while utilizing handcraft production techniques. The issue of sustainability is something that he tries to address in his work constantly. As a supporter of socially responsible community-based crafts, he worked as a design consultant for a fair trade organization early in his career.
His products have been purchased by prominent design personalities and institutions such as Vladimir Kagan and the store at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Awards & Recognition:
- Invited to Talents at Ambiente, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany (February 2009)
- Coup De Coeur prize, Maison & Objet, Paris (via Dovetusai - September 2008)
- Selected for A+: The Young Designer's Platform - Accent on Design, New York (August 2008)
- Finalist, Champagne Chair competition, Design Within Reach ( February 2008)
- Nominated for Ateneo Art Awards 2007
- Selected to participate as Philippine representative to the 4th Asia-Europe Art Camp (Helsinki, Finland - June 2006)
- Shortlisted, Electrolux/Designboom award, Imagine the home in 2020 (November 2005)