Based in Antwerp and the Netherlands, Studio Job combines the talents of Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets. By combining traditional craftsmanship with maximal ornamentation, their style "has become synonymous with the term neo-gothic."
1. Paper Chandelier XL for Moooi
While they often create limited editions, Studio Job's collaborations with Moooi and Seletti have opened their designs to a wider market. Paper Chandelier XL began Studio Job's experimentation with paper furniture and lighting. This piece delights in paradox, since paper has long been the enemy of light due to flammability.
2. Paper Table Patchwork for Moooi
Paper Table Patchwork is another impressive piece in the collection. Intelligent and easy to assemble, the table requires no screws, nuts, or bolts. Once again, there is a sleight of hand at work here, since paper is associated with lightness.
3. Altdeutsche Cabinet for Moooi
A real signature of Studio Job's work is the modern interpretation of decorative motifs, as seen in the Altdeutsche Cabinet. Made of solid pine and pine veneer, the cabinet features handpainted icons. From afar, the overall look is traditional, but up close the pattern is actually composed of whimsical and ironic emblems of modern life: burnt matches, dog bones, pills, bullets, wrenches, dice, and so much more. The art harkens back to tattoo flash.
4. Industry Collection for Seletti
The same playful manipulation is at work in the Industry Collection of outdoor furniture, which recalls iconic wrought-iron furniture but subverts expectations through construction and embellishment. Lightweight and easily disassembled, pieces are made of cast aluminum, featuring everything from cogs to lightbulbs.
5. Spectacle Lamp for Carpenter's Workshop Gallery
Of course, when Studio Job gets to work on limited-edition pieces for exhibitions, another type of magic is at play. The design duo's contribution is decidedly not about Modernism but about "positioning decorative arts in the twenty-first century." Studio Job explains: "Is that design? Whatever. Is that art? Whatever, really."
6. Pipe Side Table (Ceci N'est Pas Une Table) for Carpenters Workshop Gallery
If the spectacle of Spectacle Lamp is not enough, regard the allusive irony of the Pipe Side Table, which recalls Ren© Magritte's painting The Treachery of Images.
7. Banana Lamp for Seletti
Humor is in the DNA of Studio Job. They acknowledge the kitschy and the strange in equal measure, never casting aside the objects of pop culture. Regard the overly phallic Banana Lamp, for instance.
8. Egg Rug for Seletti
Or the tongue-in-cheek Egg Rug, complete with fringe. See more work at www.studiojob.be.