Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel established Studio Job in 2000. Since they graduated from the Dutch Design Academy and formed the studio, they have become contemporary cultural pioneers who are, step by step, revolutionising common preconceptions about art and design. Discover now the industrial loft of Studio Job in Antwerp.
Held in a thoroughly renovated warehouse from the 1950s, Job Smeets’ working and living quarters display a rare art and design collection, put together with Tynagel. Due to the studio’s extravagant aesthetic, it’s no surprise we see the loft conceived as a bare-bones bunker. Located in a neighbourhood of architects, artists and designers in the middle of the diamond district in central Antwerp, the building, which also housed a school for the Orthodox-Jewish community, was chosen for its simplicity in shapes and its strong concrete foundations.
Despite its mid-century decor, you can notice the industrial contrast brought by the building’s exposed structure – the bricks on the outside and the concrete on the inside.
The loft is filled with a variety of the designers’ beloved pieces of art and design, with a particular choice for mid-century furniture from the 50’s, which Job Steems considers modernism in its purest form when it was the most relevant. This stupendous collection includes pieces like a vintage 1910 Jozef Hoffmann’s sofa, a Boris Sipek vase from 2000, Joe Colombo’s Elda sofa from the 60’s and Herman Miller Aeron chair.
The living area, as well as the roof garden (not shown in pictures, but one of the biggest of its type in Antwerp), follow the working area’s simple raw style, but always functional, proving that the loft is above all a place to live and work.
DelightFULL‘s Diana Industrial Wall Lamp – A vintage piece of art, functional and well structured, Diana is ideal to enjoy with your favourite book in the living room or bedroom due to its versatility and it’s an amazing industrial lighting detail.
On place photography credits: Dennis Brandsma
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