Archives Wallpaper by Studio Job for NLXL
Studio Job Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel digged into their archive and used existing drawings, icons, images and patterns to create a unique wallpaper range for Dutch brand NLXL.
The 7 Designs chosen from Studio Job library were selected to reflects a retrospect of the history of design studio. Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel used archetypical drawings and universal symbols to create a combination of iconographic elements for patterns, compositions and embossing. This mix of images and patterns creates a unique nine-metre running compositions without any repetition.
The Perished wallpaper was created in 2005. The concept was to take furniture pieces, including a triptych bench, and veneer with wood according to the 17th century marquetry method.
The icons for Industry were designed in 2008 in response to the installation Farm (ZZM) and the Bavarian collection (Moss). The Labyrinth concept was first used in 2004 for a surrealistic garden design in Japan. The ‘print cabinet’ consists of thousands of icons that were individually designed by Nynke. ‘Alt Deutsch’ is a collective name for several patterns created in the period 2005 – 2012. The drawings that were used for this theme were drafted with the same approach (emphasizing the outline). L’Afrique emerged from the collaboration with Land Rover (2012 – 2013). Studio Job were asked to design and produce a unique, sculptural Land Rover Defender on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the iconic vehicle. ‘Something with flowers’ was the brief from Viktor & Rolf, when Studio Job was invited to design the scenography for their 2013 fashion show in Paris. Finally the polychrome version of ‘Withered Flowers’ is extracted from the original black & white design. This composition the floral design has inherited a typical William Morris color scheme.
Founded in 2000 by Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven now based in Antwerp and the Netherlands. They redefine the applied arts for the contemporary age. Their collaboration has created highly expressive, mainly one-off or limited edition works, from the outset.
Studio Job’s work is widely collected both in the private and public sectors. Although, by definition, their work has primarily been geared towards collectors and museums, Studio Job has collaborated successfully with various like-minded brands eg. Bulgari, Swarovski, Bisazza, Venini, Land Rover, Viktor & Rolf and Moooi. There have been solo exhibitions in eg New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Milan, Geneva, Miami and Basel. Today, Studio Job designs are in collection of more than 40 museums worldwide.
In 2009 Nynke and Job opened Studio Job Gallery, a curatorial exhibition space for contemporary art and design based in Antwerp. In 2010 an important monograph titled The Book of Job’ was launched by the New York publishing house Rizzoli and the Studio Job Lounge was opened inside the prestigious Groninger Museum. In 2011, Nynke and Job turned a post war villa into Studio Job House filled with modernistic icons and contemporary pieces. The Groninger recently dedicated a massive retrospective accompanied by a new book to celebrate the large body of work of these world famous creators!