Studio Job maintains that every expression is a statement. Allow us, then, to express our love for the brilliantly irreverent Gothic Chair.
Unlike most, we are probably not coming from Modernism. Studio Job’s contribution is that we have rediscovered a lost path. So says Mrs Smeets, one half of the Dutch-Belgian design studio (the other half? Mr Smeets, of course)- and it stands to reason. These Gothic Chairs, designed for Notting Hill based compatriot Moooi and used in the newly renovated Groningen Museum, indeed eschew the strictures of elegance in favour of solidity and downright playfulness in a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours. Inspired by their purchase of a 16th-century neo-gothic style chair, the Smeets, who are known for their irony, knocked up their own take on the design; a lightweight throne, hewn from moulded plastic rather than solid wood, embellished with upholstery buttons and all in a bright spectrum of ten colours. They say: ‘Consciously and carefully we are positioning decorative arts in the twenty-first century. Is that design? Whatever. Is that art? Whatever, really.’ No matter what they say, we won’t be saying ‘whatevs’ to these beauts.
Gothic Chair by Studio Job; £5,200; Moooi