Maharam introduces Bavaria and Bavaria Stripe by Antwerp-based Studio Job. This first collaboration in woven textiles with Studio Job brings the highly distinctive work of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel to a broad new audience.
Formed in 2000 by Smeets and Tynagel upon their graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Studio Job explores the macabre, the bizarre, the historical, and the everyday, drawing references from the Middle Ages to pop culture and producing art objects and installations characterized by exceptional materials and uncompromisingly ornate execution. In addition to their own studio work, which is coveted by collectors and museums alike, Studio Job has completed projects for Swarovski, Rizzoli, Viktor & Rolf, and Royal Tichelaar Makkum.
Based on Studio Job’s limited-edition Bavaria collection (2008), which consisted of five pieces of Indian rosewood furniture inlaid with vivid laser-cut marquetry, Bavaria and Bavaria Stripe were developed in collaboration with the Maharam Design Studio for upholstery application. Depicting traditional farmland scenery in a complex woven jacquard construction, this complementary pair of dense, narrative patterns is an ode to rural heritage. Using a flattened perspective, Bavaria presents an assemblage of livestock, crops, implements, and rural transport, while Bavaria Stripe features repeating ribbons of farm iconography— pitchforks, apples, split-rail fences, sheaths of wheat, and life-sized horseflies all make appearances. Aided by a highly detailed, fine denier cotton-and-polyester construction, Bavaria and Bavaria Stripe combine intricate illustrations with bouts of bright color. Studio Job continues to collaborate with Maharam, having previously completed Ruins, a Maharam Digital Project that depicts post-WWII Dresden.
Bavaria by Studio Job
Width: 55" (140cm)
Content: 73% Polyester, 27% Cotton
Bavaria Stripe by Studio Job
Width: 55" (140cm)
Content: 77% Polyester, 23% Cotton