Studio Job MAD House retrospective features King Kong climbing giant Burj Khalifa

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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.

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Photo by Butcher Walsh. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.

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.

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Photo by Butcher Walsh. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.

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.

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Photo by Butcher Walsh. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.

“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.”

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Studio Job, Burj Khalifa, 2013-2014. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Photo: Loek Blonk

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.” 

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Studio Job, Train Crash, 2015. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Photo: Adrien Millot

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.

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Studio Job, Banana, 2015. Courtesy of Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery.

“We work a lot with icons – things that are fairly common to us – combined with things that crawl into our heads,” said Smeets.

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Studio Job, Monkey Business, 2013. Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Photo: Loek Blonk

The Studio Job MAD House exhibitions will run until 21 August 2016.

 

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