studio job house : reconstruction
Living at a time that mirrors history from one century ago, economic crisis and war are in our conscience and reconstruction is on the horizon.
Studio Job invited Lidewij Edelkoort to celebrate the opening of a landmark project during Dutch Design Week 2011; a masterpiece of a house that the design couple have meticulously restored to mint condition, encapsulating the original colours, materials and spirit of the Modernist movement. The cubic property was designed in the Rietveld tradition and sits snugly in a forest in southern Holland, its living quarters on the ground floor with family bedrooms upstairs, its sunken lounge overlooking a garden patio and equipped with a cosy tiled stove.
The most impressive transformation has been the hybrid curating of the interior by Studio Job, recomposing a genuine museum house; a total and complete oeuvre in which to display pristine Modernist art and design alongside collectable pieces of their creation and by their contemporaries. This rich fusion of tastes spans every decade since the 1930s and shows the minimal in harmony with the baroque, the surreal juxtaposed by the abstract, the graphic mixed with the textured, the slick stylized with the eccentric… Custom bronze light fittings, decorated glass panels, embedded doors and even a 1972 Ford Taunus coupé frame the interior, but it is the irreverent ease with which Studio Job’s work fuses with both the historic and the contemporary that brings a holistic and fresh vision to their unique visual language.