Graduated in 2011 from the pioneering Fashion Artefact M.A. course at the London College of Fashion, the final collection of Oliver Ruuger consisted of paired objects such as umbrellas, briefcases and saddles, made from leather, metal and horsehair. The objects appeared weightless, invisibly suspended 1 meter from the ground. The work was selected for the reputable Futuremap exhibition and the collection won both the Best Off-Catwalk Design Award from the college itself as well as the Accessories Collection of the Year Award at International Talent Support in Italy.
In 2013, together with Volker Koch, Oliver Ruuger founded STUDIO RUUGER, a London based design studio. The company produces high luxury accessories, exquisitely crafted objets d’art and unique sculptural products. The team runs a highly specialized atelier in London, producing signature umbrellas, briefcases and design objects, which play with the archetypal character of the English gentleman — offsetting the strict formality with an eccentric, almost mischievous spirit.
All work is conceived and produced in house over an extended period of time. As an example, the engraved “Night at the House of Epicurus” briefcase, produced in 2012, took a combined 600 hours to complete, spread over 8 months.