(UK) – arc’s sister magazine darc has announced that world renowned designer Job Smeets of Belgium & Netherlands based Studio Job, will be guest host for this year’s darc awards / decorative taking place at the iconic London nightclub Fabric on 31 May.
Job Smeets is a pioneer of contemporary conceptual and sculptural design and founded Studio Job in 1998 in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. Joined in 2000 by graphic designer Nynke Tynagel the duo went on to work with a vast range of high profile clients including sculptures for Swarovski, Barneys and Land Rover, and product collections for brands including Venini, Alessi, Swatch and Pepsi.
Studio Job are consistently ranked as one of the world’s most influential players within design and art with work in more than 40 museums around the world, their highly collectable work creates a bridge between object and product by merging monumental design and graphic artwork.
Smeets has designed lighting collections for a wide range of producers, the famous ‘Tit Lamp’ for Venini; a hugely successful collection for Slamp, desk lamps for Lensvelt; and the highly crafted ‘Wonderlamp’ for Italian gallery DILMOS. While last year saw a joint venture between Italian manufacturer and Smeets to form the brand BLOW, launching the Banana Lamp based on his limited edition bronze sculpture that was 3D scanned to produce in resin.
Most recently ‘JOBBY the Cat Lamp’ was launched in Stockholm in February, a life-size cat sculpture based on Smeets’ own cat that has proved a huge hit for the brand.
When asked what had attracted him to the darc awards / decorative, Smeets said: “London is an amazing and crazy city and I love it. For me light is one of the most important things in the world, it is much more than LED and flashlights… Light means life. Design should always be serious fun so I’m bringing the rock and roll to the darc awards.”
Don’t forget to vote for your favourite projects and products to ensure you receive a free ticket to the awards party at Fabric, London, on 31 May, 2018.
If you are a manufacturer or supplier of lighting and would like to attend the awards party, please contact Moses Naeem to purchase a ticket: firstname.lastname@example.org