More is More: Studio Job’s ‘Archives’ Wallpaper Collection

Architecture & Interiors


Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the team behind the Antwerp-based design practice, Studio Job, are used to grabbing headlines with their sardonic ‘neo-Gothic’ solo projects and collaborationsand the just-concluded Salone del Mobile in Milan was no exception. With a suite of dizzying, theatrical installations, Studio Job introduced a range of über-ornamental wallpaper designs, created for Dutch wallpaper company NLXL, that duly set tongues wagging.

The Archives collection, so named for its reprisal of existing iconography from the studio’s previous projects, comprises a line of distinct wallpaper patterns that reflect Studio Job’s preoccupation with intricately detailed, highly embellished illustrationsinvestigations which pointedly reject the Modernist credo of ‘less is more’ in favor of ‘more is best.’

Visually resplendent, whether applied as single pattern or arranged as a montage, the Archives collectiondesigns which are reported to run 9 meters (29 ft) in length without repetitionreflects Studio Job’s penchant for cross-pollinating disciplines and averting labels. The Archives collection straddles the line between design and art, between decorative element and singular visual expressioninviting the question of whether the patterns deserve to be adhered to a wall or, rather, framed and hung on it. Studio Job remains non-committal.

“Consciously and carefully, we are positioning decorative arts in the twenty-first century. Is that design? Whatever. Is that art? Whatever, really.”


Images: ArchiExpo

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