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1/28/2014
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Meet the Maker: Ruan Hoffmann

We’re so fortunate to work with so many exceptional artists on collaborations… >

Meet the Maker: Ruan Hoffmann

We’re so fortunate to work with so many exceptional artists on collaborations and collections, but we’re especially excited to be joining up with Ruan Hoffmann, the South African artist whose creations normally end up on gallery walls, rather than in individual homes. For the launch of the Anthropologie-exclusive Jardin des Plantes collection, we caught up with Hoffmann to hear more about his inspiration, his roving “studio” and what other ideas he has for future designs.

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Can you talk about your inspiration for the Jardin des Plantes collection?
I named the collection after Les Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Flowers can be such a clichéd topic until you look at them and you rediscover the obvious—that they are wonderfully complex objects of great beauty. Seeing this sets about a whole new thought process about their limited lifespan and how it mirrors our own. I wanted to name the collection after this place I love to visit that is full of amazing things. Hopefully, people will also get lost in daydreams while using and looking at my objects.

If you’re in Paris, here’s how you get there…
Location: Place Valhubert, 5th arrondissement 

Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (Line 5, 10)

RER: Gare d’Austerlitz (Line C)

Bus: Line 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 91


We understand you’re quite the globetrotter. How does your love of travel get worked into your designs?
It filters through eventually. I usually have quite extended stays because getting there and back is such trauma—to fly is really for the birds!—so it becomes part of my daily life to live in a new city. Much later, elements are referenced and appear in artwork.

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Let’s talk shop: describe your workspace.
I do not have a traditional studio. I am always working, so I carry gauche paints and paper with me, and always travel with a brown cardboard roll stuffed with work. I lease the ceramic studios I work in for a limited period.

What other disciplines outside of painting and sculpture influence your creativity?
The people I love and their thoughts. Food, music, contemporary dance. To read, to be alive and to be healthy is more than enough influence.

What are you looking to explore in future collections?
I would love to partner with skilled artisans on hand-blown glass. Or knotted rugs, tapestries and other textiles exploring geometric shapes based on some of the painted images that I manipulated on the laptop. I would love to do furniture, perhaps a sofa that two people can spend a whole day on—except for going to the loo, of course.

If you weren’t creating art, what would you be doing?
Sitting quietly with my partner looking at the sea.