The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) are showcasing 57 works by Belgian duo Studio Job , four of which made their debut at the exhibit.
Founders Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel have curated the retrospective of their own work, spanning 16 years to create the Studio Job MAD House featuring various designs from furniture to homeware pieces.
Located across two floors of the New York gallery, the exhibition is arranged as if in a home of a collector, with pieces organised by narrative rather than in chronological order.
“For us, creation is more important than discipline,” said Smeets, “and with purpose and precision, we’re situating decorative arts within the twenty-first century. unlike most designers working today, we’re not coming from modernism. Our contribution is that we’ve recovered a lost path. Is that design? Is that art? I’m not sure.”
He added: “This is the first time that you can see a 2015 piece next to a 2003 piece. You can see how we lost our naivety and gained professionalism.”
Amongst the array of objects is a recreation of the iconic King Kong scene, but Studio Job’s adaptation involved the giant gorilla climbing Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, as part of its Landmark Series.
“We work a lot with icons – things that are fairly common to us – combined with things that crawl into our heads,” said Smeets.
The Studio Job MAD House exhibitions will run until 21 August 2016.