Studio Job - Chimney Ashtray

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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Chimney Ashtray

The redesign of the everyday ashtray.

  • Year
  • 2014
  • Materials
  • polished and patinated bronze, brass, paint
  • Collection
  • Chamber NY
  • Edition
  • 25

smoking

I hate myself

After ten years of being a non-smoker, Job started smoking again, confessing – ‘How stupid of me! I hate myself!’ One of the consequences was the redesign of the everyday ashtray. In Studio Job’s typically opulent style, it appears as a chimney with a bronze bass. On top of its slender neck, itself long and tall like a cigarette, is the actual ashtray made of bronze.

 

This is not the first chimney by Studio Job. The 2006 Robber Baron table, which was shaped as a factory, had four chimneys for legs blowing bronze smoke. As with the factory, the red-bricked chimney evokes a traditional setting as well as the idea of looking back and romanticising the past, which had seduced Job into smoking.

Where there's smoke... Where there's smoke... 

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