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Studio Job: Containers II at Design Miami 2011 (VIDEO)

Posted: 12/08/11 10:50 AM ET

For Design Miami 2011, Galerie VIVID of Rotterdam realized its second solo presentation with works by Studio Job. The main attraction of the presentation are five new unique pieces, Containers II. In this video, VIVID Gallery Co-Founder Aad Krol talks about Studio Job and their new works.

Studio Job's Containers II series has an interesting genesis: In 2010 the design studio created Piece for Peace in association with the Belgian crystal producer Val Saint Lambert. The piece was designed for the Cabinet of Van Rompuy, President of the European Council in Brussels. During a visit to the company, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel discovered a large supply of hundered years old, hand-blown crystal pieces that were never crafted into finished products. They decided to breathe new life into the objects. Smeets and Tynagel selected five old vessels and designed a new series of unique pieces that they titled Containers II. The series includes a coffee pot, a waste basket, a pickelhaube, and two saucepans. "Containers II are full of paradoxes: the functional and the surreal, rich and poor, good and evil, high culture and low pop." (VIVID Gallery).

Job Smeets founded studio Job in 1998. In 2000, Nynke Tynagel joined him. Smeets and Tynagel both graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their work is known for crossing boundaries between art and design. Their designs have been shown in museums and galleries around the world and have received numerous awards such as the Rotterdam Design Prize (2001), the Best Breakthrough Designers Wallpaper Design Award (2005), and the Architectural Prize Gevel Totaal (2008). The studio has collaborated with companies such as Bisazza, Moooi, and Swarovski.

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Galerie VIVID was established in 1999 by Saskia Copper and Aad Krol. The gallery was among the first to show contemporary design in the context of both design and art. It's the third time the gallery has participated in Design Miami. The gallery will feature solo exhibitions with designers and artists such as Studio Job, Atelier van Lieshout, Wim Crouwel, Hella Jongerius, Slothouber & Graatsma, Jaime Hayon, and Ettore Sottsass.

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Studio Job: Containers II. VIVID Gallery, Rotterdam at Design Miami 2011. Interview with Aad Krol, December 3, 2011.

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