Originally designed for the sculpture “Automobile” by Studio Job “L’Afrique Fabric” is made of pure cotton, measuring six yards in length. A wax block was used to achieve this pattern, which consists of traditional African iconography swallowed by a jungle of foliage. Roger Gerards, Creative Director of Vlisco, says “[Studio Job] search out the clichés in order to tell a story and, indirectly, we do that too, in order to get certain concepts across.”
This iconography, however, is a dizzying distraction or disguise, hinted at by the colourful tribal masks in the forefront. Behind the masks, the leaves and the snakes is imagery that is uncoloured and unclear. The effects is a patterned palimsest, which is familiar and mysterious at the same time.
Image rights: Loek Blonk
Helmond, The Netherlands
About Studio Job
Based in Antwerp and the Netherlands, Studio Job, a design duo founded over a decade ago by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, produces one-off pieces of sculptural furniture that share little with the reigning aesthetic of minimalism and spareness. Their cast bronze works—tables whose surfaces are models of inverted cathedrals, lamps shaped like the Eiffel Tower—are laser cut for minute detailing and exquisite surface texture. Often described as “neo-gothic,” Studio Job’s pieces are fanciful without being kitschy.