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.
Based in Antwerp and the Netherlands, Studio Job is a design studio and duo founded by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel. As pioneers of contemporary conceptual and sculptural art, Studio Job combes traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects and sculptural furniture that shares little with the reigning aesthetic of minimalism and sparseness.
In the ateliers, traditional and modern techniques are combined to produce once-in-a-lifetime modern art objects. A vast range of crafts is practiced at Studio Job, where traditional craftspeople such as sculptors and specialists in casting bronze and making stained-glass windows and hand painting, work alongside experts adept in using lasers and 3D printing.
“Consciously and carefully, we are positioning decorative arts in the twenty-first century. Is that design? Whatever. Is that art? Whatever.”Studio founder Job Smeets commented on the Carpenters Workshop Gallery
A highlight of the collection is “Chartres,” an immense modern 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.
Spreading a renaissance spirit, Studio Job has crafted a body of creative works that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art: their iconic, heraldic and cartoon-like sculptures and modern furniture pieces are popular with collectors worldwide.