About Studio Job
Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel founded Studio Job, a design studio for applied art, after completing their studies in 1998 and 2000 respectively. In their own unconventional approach as designers they interpret the design concept in such a way that the boundaries between autonomous art and applied art are blurred. Although their designs primarily stem from the design of functional products, they abandon the self-evidence of specific dimensions and use of materials and finishes. In so doing they challenge the term 'functionality'. So through these aspects a vase, coffee pot or garden rake can take on the exaggerated appearance of an expensive drawing room item or of a victors' trophy. The resulting artefacts can therefore regularly be assigned to the discipline of sculpture, certainly also due to the elaborate attention devoted to the finish, craftsmanlike precision and glamorous appearance. Studio Job has a clear preference for rich and exuberant shapes and materials. The current popular adage 'less is more' does not apply to this design duo; it would be better to categorise them as followers of the Baroque. The imagination is more important to Studio Job than unambiguous functionality. Imagination is the function. The choice of specific and sometimes emotionally-charged visual imagery in their designs often has a rich history; Smeets and Tynagel enhance the layering of their work in this respect and abandon the paths that divide art and design; their chosen iconography can certainly lead to a discussion as a result. Studio JOB: "In our opinion art is an invitation to enter into dialogue, an invitation that is sometimes paired with controversy." Meanwhile Studio Job's home base is Antwerp, where the collective has a large exhibition space in the city centre, regularly a venue for exhibitions by various designers. In addition to Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the collective includes a team of young designers that assist in their large, often monumental projects and designs.