13 October 2016
2016 will be remembered, in the history of design, as the year of period furniture, a florid sector of Italian industry that includes numerous artisan companies with woodworking expertise. One of these is Colombostile, who called Studio Job to design their new collection. The noted design duo from Antwerp is known for their virtuous, surreal creations, made with maniacal attention to detail. To better explain this wind of revival that has blown through modern design, I would like to share several secrets that Job Smeets shared with me in confidence: Studio Job was undecided from the as to whether they should take on a commission from a company specialized in period furniture. Accustomed to making collections for some of the most noteworthy international museums, including a solo exhibition for MAD in New York, Job was absolutely amazed at the quality and quantity of the wooden pieces in Colombostile’s factory in Brianza. The photos he sent to my cell phone confirm his amazement, as well as his decision not to design a new chair shape, but unexpected upholstery patterns that reinvent one’s perception of the classical.