Leon Ransmeier believes that “use follows form.” As a hands-on industrial designer, Ransmeier works by developing full-scale, usable prototypes. As he puts it, “The only way you can create well-designed objects is by experiencing the objects yourself.”
In 2008 he established Ransmeier Inc., a New York-based industrial design practice. Notable projects include the Chiaro Chair for Mattiazzi and the Revolver Barstool for HAY.
Ransmeier’s designs often develop out of subtle interventions with the way we perceive and use everyday products. With his AGL Table Group for Herman Miller, Ransmeier’s focus was on bringing comfort and refinement to a familiar form: the table surface. Improving on something as ubiquitous and seemingly straightforward as a table involved considering every detail at length. The resulting AGL combines simple elegance and robust materials into a table suiting both dining and work.
Consideration of that kind of detail requires a level of concentration Ransmeier finds fulfilling. “More often than not, the design process is composed of a general challenge that is broken down into many small endeavors. 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.”