Studio Job

Sinking Ship, 2016


23 29/127h x 26 98/127w x 19 87/127d in

59h x 68w x 50d cm

1 of 2, edition of only two + one prototype. Only one exemplar (our exemplar) with USA flag.


Sinking Ship (prototype) was part of the retrospective Studio Job MAD HOUSE from March 22, 2016 to August 21, 2016 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. It was the first American solo museum exhibition of their work.

Design Miami Basel 2017, booth Chamber gallery, June 13-18, 2017

DYSFUNCTIONAL at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019, 08 May - 24 November, 2019


Catalog Design Miami Basel 2017, p. 22/23 from Chamber NY

The Dysfunctional Exhibition Book, published by Norma Editions, accompanies the landmark exhibition by Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro in Venice.

whitewall art/design/studio-job-changed-design – interview, September 26, 2017: “WW: We saw on your Instagram account recently a preview of a Sinking Ship piece for Design Miami/ Basel in June. Can you tell us about that piece? Is it related at all to your Train Crash table?

SJ: This is not related at all to the Train Crash table, which was a personal piece about the end of our relationship. The sinking ship is related to what is happening in Europe right now. It represents the fall of old Europe, reflecting the recent political sentiments in this time we are living in, with all the threats and instability, the pretentiousness and manipulation of the politics. Back at the turn of the last century, the Titanic was representative of a modern society that believed it was invincible and could never fail; they built this ship that represented all the luxury of the modern life, but on its maiden voyage, it sank.

This piece reflects the pretentiousness and how we are living in a self-declared grand developed society of modern life, but in the end the ship will inevitably sink like the Titanic. Historically, nothing really changes, and we walk the same track every time and make the same mistakes. As a society, we believe we are invincible.

WW: As you mentioned, the Train Crash table was autobiographical in that it represented the end of your romantic relationship. How much of your work is imbued with personal story?

SJ: Our work would mean nothing if there isn’t something of ourselves in it. With every piece or design there is a bit of us within it, be it our pain or our humor. Without that, we would become just a factory making bland aesthetic designs like many studios today. What we are is a studio creating pieces with real substance behind each piece or project—this is what sets us apart from most other studios who use trend forecasting to look at color and shape. We reject this entire approach. We create art that becomes design rather than design that is post-rationalized with an art theme.”

Studio Job - Sinking Ship, 2016

  • Studio Job was founded in 1998 by Job Smeets in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. At once highly specific and yet entirely universal, personally expressive and yet experimental, Studio Job has crafted a body of work that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art. The work Studio Job creates is heraldic and regal even in it's imagery. As sleek as the finished work can be, it is also instinctual and almost primal.

    at Studio Job, where traditional craftsmen such as sculptors and specialists in casting bronze and stained-glass windows, work alongside experts adept in using lasers and 3D printing. Based in both Belgium and the Netherlands, Job Smeets leads as art director.

    Studio Job are pioneers of contemporary conceptual and sculptural design. The results range from unique bronze artwork in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, to a royal stamp featuring the Dutch King (forty million pieces produced) from the unique life-size bronze sculptures on Miami Beach, to the one-off Wunderkammer curiosity cabinet that Studio Job produced for Swarovski in Innsbruck. All Studio Job projects are distinguished by a love of detail, freedom of expression and blend of 2D and 3D. With more than 400 exhibitions, including solo shows, around the world Studio Job’s work can be found in many important museum collections.


    Their iconic, heraldic and cartoon-like sculptures are popular with collectors world-wide. Proclaimed one of the most influential design teams by the Financial Times, Studio Job are passionate about building up an oeuvre that is becoming increasingly extravagant in its details and increasingly personal.

    Studio Job work across many areas including art, design, fashion, architecture and interiors having worked with a vast range of high profile clients including sculptures for Swarovski, Barneys and Land Rover, and product collections for many brands such as Alessi, Swatch, Moooi and Pepsi to name a few. In 2017 Studio Job teamed up with Italian manufacturer Seletti to form the joint brand BLOW producing products in their pop spirit with a radical twist. Studio Job are consistently ranked as one of the world’s most influential players within design and art. Their highly collectable work creates a bridge between object and product by merging monumental design and graphic artwork.



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