Thor ter Kulve is a Dutch designer based in London. His work re-defines public space, inventing products that enables natural or civic typologies to be transformed into tools, furniture and solutions. In his recent work a stem becomes a perfectly safe vertical climb using Canopystair, a set of stairs strapped around a tree without tools. Other projects include the Water fountain attached on to fire hydrant, or the Swing clamped onto a light pole. With a mission to challenge the value statement of a public location, ter Kulve, enables everyone to re-think the rules of civic environments.
Driven by democratic design, ter Kulve nurtures his relations both with other designers and with the public, such as the work with fourteen people strong collective in the Woodland Workshop or the paired collaboration with Rike Glaser for the One Square Meter project and the long term project running with Rob McIntyre for Canopystair – all sharing an approach that prejudices simplicity over complexity.
Ter Kulve received his MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, London and his BA Product Design from Artez Hogenschool voor de Kunsten, in Arnhem. Shows include, Salone De Mobile, London Design Festival, Aram Design Gallery, Dutch Design Week to name a few.