The exquisite furniture pieces by Dutch-Belgian design team Studio Job will be featured in a solo exhibition presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Miami/2014, from December 3 through 7 (in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach 2014) according to the latest news of Haute Living Magazine.
Inspired by the world’s most iconic buildings, Studio Job’s collection is called “Aftermath,” a reference to the era in which they were created—the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The beautiful ornate works are simultaneously tributary and subversive.
A highlight of the collection is “Chartres,” an immense cabinet modeled after the medieval Chartres Cathedral in France. While the front is covered with opulent gold leaf and the sides reproduce the church’s entrance, there are two spiky steeples made of blackened bronze which jut out from the back, giving the piece a dark, gothic undertone.
Studio founder Job Smeets commented on the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, “Consciously and carefully, we are positioning decorative arts in the twenty-first century. Is that design? Whatever. Is that art? Whatever.”
The “Eiffel Tower” lamp—intricately sculptured from hand-patinated bronze—gracefully curves over at the top of the “tower” from which the fixture’s gilded beacon glows.
Visitors to the exhibit will get to see the duo’s cool interpretation of the Taj Mahal of India, with the famed structure turned upside down and transformed into a table, the base of the building becoming its top.
About Studio Job
Founded in 2000 by Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven now based in Antwerp and Amsterdam. They redefine the applied arts for the contemporary age. Their collaboration has created highly expressive, mainly one-off or limited edition works, from the outset.
Opulent, intricate and ironic, Studio Job combine an extraordinarily high level of craftsmanship with extreme ornamentation. They reference both the traditional and the topical, the organic and the artificial. This narrative conveys a tension between the good and the bad exploring all facets of each. The Studio Job iconography is at once heraldic and cartoonlike, expressive and yet somehow primitive.
Their style is placed within an enigmatic, intellectual framework by the number and complexity of symbols and signifiers it conveys. Studio Job’s work is widely collected both in the private and public sectors. Their designs have been shown in the important galleries, fairs and is added to more than 40 international museum collections.