Saturday, October 6, 2007
Studio Job Exhibition in Hasselt
"Studio Job is a love-'em-or-hate-'em Belgian-Dutch design duo". - Time Magazine, in an article about the 100 top most influential interior designers. The International Herald Tribune wrote, "A Dutch duo that rejects function, with flair". The New York Times has also followed the work of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, so called Studio Job.
They have designed commissions for Bisazza, Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum and Swarovski. Their work is to be found in the Groningen Museum, Stedelijk Museeum in Antwerpen and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. Exhibitions have also been held in The Museum of Modern Art/MOMA, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg; Paris, Milan, Basel and now Hasselt in Z33 until 7 October.
Simply stated, their work is design of household objects, mainly in bronze, wood and glass, usually oversized and probably impractical due to their size and weight. The items are one-off or limited edition of a few. The Studio Job couple see themselves as designers due to their design school background but rather of collection pieces than items in mass production. The question to the viewer is whether this is art? Certainly iconographic.
Here are some more links about Studio Job:
My photos of Z33 exhibition on Flickr
International Herald Tribune
Vivid Vormgeving (English)
Design Sponge Online
Vivid Vormgeving (Dutch)
Milan Preview (English)
More photos of Studio Job on Flickr
© Antonia Stuart-James 2007