Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel founded Studio Job in 2000, after graduating from the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven. 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 noted, “We want to build up an oeuvre, not score a few hits.” Nynke Tynagel said, “Our work is becoming increasingly expressive and our approach increasingly experimental.” Twenty-five disciplines are represented in Studio Job’s lab.
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. Works by Studio Job can be found in more than forty museums around the world. Their creed 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 chocolatier Godiva. All Studio Job projects are distinguished by a love of detail, a freedom of expression, and a 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.
- Adapted from “Prime Movers in Contemporary Applied Art” by K. Kuypers