“ In galleries that sometimes is not possible” , says Smeets.
Studio Job Gallery is an addition to the design studio in Antwerp, the production ateliers in Netherlands. The expansive industrial space (250m2) is located on the ground floor of a former cigar factory, not far from the museum quarter in het Zuid. The space is also intended to function as a platform and refuge for others: artists, designers, curators, galleries and museums.
During the opening exhibition The Birth (in cooperation with Zuiderzeemuseum) only their own work was on display but there have been guest exhibitors like Viktor & Rolf and Gerrit Thomas Rietveld in cooperation with MidMod-Design and Central Museum Utrecht.
Just as Smeets and Tynagel cannot be reduced to the status of artists or designers, but rather occupy a unique position somewhere between, Studio Job cannot simply be described as a gallery. “Call it a chameleonic space” , says Smeets.
Focus on high quality, rare (designed) objects. This is what brought two people together. Job (Smeets) and Etienne (Feijns) met in 2009, when Job visited Etienne’s gallery MidMod-Design and bought some design objects. It was clear that they had a mutual interest. What they didn’t know than, that in fact this first meet was the beginning of their collaboration on working together and the start of their friendship. The first actual project of their common passion was in 2011. During the Dutch Design Week Job and Nynke (Studio Job) launched “ Studio Job House”, fully decorated by Studio Job. Not only Job’s collection/design, but also in almost every room design-objects from MidMod-Design or Etienne’s private collection. A year later (2012) their passion brought them together again with their exhibition of the Gerrit Thomas Rietveld expo at studio Job Gallery in Antwerp. After these projects, they both realized “this tastes like more”!
Even before he was a teenager, Etienne Feijns (1986) had an interest in early designed objects. At the age of 12 he bought and sold design and learned how to do business and invest in relations with collectors and his customers. He founded his first company (MidMod-Design) in 2008. MidMod-Design is a gallery of high (museum) quality designed objects from the 1950’s to now, with customers all over the world and Dutch design as one very important ingredient (for instance Gerrit Th. Rietveld, Friso Kramer, Wim Rietveld, Aldo van den Nieuwelaar, etc). Back in 2011 the second business was founded (MassModernDesign) with more affordable, but again the highest quality designed furniture/objects. And now 2016, a new business starts:
The quality and focus from both (Studio) Job and Etienne combined, we believe in another concept for a variety of collectors, enthusiasts, designers and museums, domestically and abroad: Studio Job Gallery.
For questions regarding sales, availability and pricing you can contact Etienne Feijns, director of Studio Job Gallery.