Prime movers in contemporary applied art
Soulmates Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel founded Studio Job in 2000. This studio in the Renaissance spirit is where traditional and modern techniques are combined to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects.
In Studio Job, craftsmanship is more important than quantity and extreme designs take precedence over middle-of-the road options. Job Smeets: “We want to build up an oeuvre, not score a few hits.”
Nynke Tynagel: “Our work is becoming increasingly expressive and our approach increasingly experimental.”
They started the studio after graduating from the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven; in the fifteen years since then, they have developed into the contemporary pioneers of personal expression. Technique, science and ornamental designs come together in Studio Job’s examples of Gesamtkunstwerk.
Job Smeets likes to call their style ‘New Gothic’, with perfectionism and uniqueness as its key features. Nynke Tynagel talks of a symphony orchestra where a cohesive piece of music is created from an abundance of different sounds. For a good twenty-five guilds are represented in Studio Job’s lab, from traditional craftsmen such as sculptors, furniture makers, painters and specialists in casting bronze or making stained-glass windows to modern professionals who are adept with lasers and 3D printing.
Works by Studio Job can be found in more than forty museums around the world. The design duo have had dozens of solo exhibitions. They also regularly act as curators, as they did recently for the New York gallery Chamber. Their iconic, heraldic and cartoon-like sculptures are popular with collectors.
Proclaimed one of the most influential design teams by the Financial Times, Studio Job is passionate about building up an oeuvre that is becoming increasingly extravagant in its details and increasingly personal.
The motto is Maximalism, the aim to put fiction in charge. The results range from the royal stamp featuring the Dutch king, Willem-Alexander, (40 million stamps produced) to the unique life-size bronze sculptures on Miami Beach, from the one-off Wunderkammer curiosity cabinet that Studio Job produced for Swarovski in Innsbruck to the global campaign for Tokyo chocolatier Godiva. All Studio Job projects are distinguished by a love of detail, freedom of expression and blend of 2D and 3D.
They are often asked which one does what. But they don’t think “who does what” is important. Job and Nynke are united in their desire to make objects that are ageless. This they do with the help of a fantastic team and with unflagging fervour.
- ms K. Kuypers, journalist Financial Times, April 2015