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Studio Job was founded in 1998 by Job Smeets in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. At once highly specific and yet entirely universal, personally expressive and yet experimental, Studio Job has crafted a body of work that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art.

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The studio of today

A vast range of crafts are practiced

at Studio Job, where traditional craftsmen such as sculptors and specialists in casting bronze and stained-glass windows, work alongside experts adept in using lasers and 3D printing. Based in both Belgium and the Netherlands, Job Smeets leads as art director with Nynke Tynagel as graphic designer.

The history of studio job

Prime movers in contemporary applied art

Studio Job was founded in 1998 by Job Smeets in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. At once highly specific and yet entirely universal, personally expressive and yet experimental, Studio Job has crafted a body of work that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art. The work Studio Job creates is heraldic and regal even in it's imagery. As sleek as the finished work can be, it is also instinctual and almost primal.

"High-end Kitsch"

Technique, science and ornamental designs

come together in their work as examples of what can be described as Gesamtkunstwerk – a total art work or an all embracing art form.

Studio Job are pioneers of contemporary conceptual and sculptural design. The results range from unique bronze artwork in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, to a royal stamp featuring the Dutch King (forty million pieces produced) from the unique life-size bronze sculptures on Miami Beach, to the one-off Wunderkammer curiosity cabinet that Studio Job produced for Swarovski in Innsbruck. All Studio Job projects are distinguished by a love of detail, freedom of expression and blend of 2D and 3D. With more than 400 exhibitions, including solo shows, around the world Studio Job’s work can be found in many important museum collections.

Their iconic, heraldic and cartoon-like sculptures are popular with collectors world-wide. Proclaimed one of the most influential design teams by the Financial Times, Studio Job are passionate about building up an oeuvre that is becoming increasingly extravagant in its details and increasingly personal.

Proclaimed one of the most influential design teams by the Financial Times

Studio Job work across many areas including art, design, fashion, architecture and interiors having worked with a vast range of high profile clients including sculptures for Swarovski, Barneys and Land Rover, and product collections for many brands such as Alessi, Swatch, Moooi and Pepsi to name a few. In 2017 Studio Job teamed up with Italian manufacturer Seletti to form the joint brand BLOW producing products in their pop spirit with a radical twist. Studio Job are consistently ranked as one of the world’s most influential players within design and art. Their highly collectable work creates a bridge between object and product by merging monumental design and graphic artwork.

2018

Top 10 most influential design, Financial Times, London

Design of the Decade, Boco, Taiwan

Design Flanders, Brussel

Perished Persian, Elle Decor Intl Design Award

Dutch Design Awards, Eindhoven

Job Cabinet, 'Wallpaper Design Awards, Londen

Furniture of the year, Raum und Wohnen, Cham

Job Cabinet, Elle Decor Intl Design Award, Milaan

Studio Job awarded as best Dutch Designer

Amsterdam Gevel Totaal, Rotterdam

Nationale Staalprijs, Rotterdam

The 100 Hot List, Queensland Homes, Australië

Le meulleur du Design, AD Collector, Parijs

Pyramid, Rotterdam Design Prize, Rotterdam

2017

Rene Smeets Prize, Design Academy Eindhoven

Startstipendium, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam

Foundation Sofa, Den Haag

Dutch Culture Prize, Nederland

Rotterdam Design Prize, Rotterdam

Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam

Woon Awards, De Woonbeurs, Amsterdam

Harrie Tillie Prize, Stedelijk Museum Roermond

Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam

Inside Design, Elle Wonen, Amsterdam

Bombay Sapphire prize, Londen

Elle Decoration Intl Design Award Elle Decor

Best breakthrough designers, Wallpaper Design

Elle Decor Intl Design Award, Milaan

Paper Chandelier Elle Decor Intl Design Award

The Style & Design 100, Time (Magazine)

Winner Woonbeurs Pin, Amsterdam

Archistar, L’Uomo Vogue, Milaan

Best of The Brands, Elle Decor, Londen