At the beginning of this year, TextielMuseum commissioned Studio Job (Job Smeets, 1970 en Nynke Tynagel, 1977) to develop a new series of design products for by TextielMuseum. These new ‘design classics’ are a reflection on the history of the design duo and the endless possibilities of the TextielMuseum. The series features new icons with recognisable colourful and daring designs by Studio Job. With its graphic drawings the studio reduces shape and colour to strong outlines that can be perfectly translated into textiles.
Studio Job by TextielMuseum is a surprising new collection of six throws and nine tea towels featuring the iconic Studio Job patterns: 'Perished’, ‘Insects’ and ‘Folklore’.
Studio Job and the TextielMuseum have been collaborating since 2003. The Insects tea towel (2003) became an instant hit and has made its way into hundreds of thousands of homes over the last decade. This tea towel is one of the first by TextielMuseum products and is also included in the new series, however in different colour schemes. Apart from Insects, two new designs have been introduced to the product line: Perished, an intriguing pattern of dancing animal carcasses and Folklore, an ode to craftsmanship with folkloristic elements.
'To celebrate our 15 years of collaboration we have created a new range of products produced by the TextielMuseum. The woven textiles are based on our iconic prints; Perished (2006), Folklore (2009) and Insects (2002).'
– Studio Job
The only creepy crawlies that deserve pride of place in every interior. The humorous cartoonish drawings by Studio Job make Insects a striking design classic. The ostensibly innocent images often conceal deeper layers, in this case the idea of transience.
photo: Studio Job by TextielMuseum, tea towel Insects (2017)
An intriguing pattern of dancing animal carcasses. The cartoon-like, graphic bones of turtles, birds and crocodiles refer to superstitious fears, the contrast between life and death and to the excessive, sometimes violent moments that are part of our society.
photo: Studio Job by TextielMuseum, throw Perished (2017)
Smoked sausages, horseshoes, milk jugs, buckets and cooking pots; nothing is as pretty as the combination of folklore and design. This Studio Job design is an ode to craftsmanship and highlights the return to rural and folkloristic elements in design and society.
Photo: Studio Job by TextielMuseum, tea towel Folklore (2017)
The new series will be shown during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, as part of the TextielMuseum presentation. Unlike other years, the museum will present itself at de Kazerne.
The photos of the new collection, shot by photographer Loek Blonk, also give an exclusive preview of the brand new 'Studio Job HQ' in Antwerp.
This project is made possible with financial support of:
Photos portret Studio Job: Loek Blonk
Photos process/machines: Josefina Eikenaar