A highway maintenance-themed furniture collection by Antwerp-based Studio Job featuring marble traffic cones and bronze warning lights will be on show at Design Miami/Basel.
Studio Job’s Detour furniture collection pairs bronze – a material that features prominently in previous work – with different coloured marbles, which they were yet to work with before this range.
“Of course we love marble but we had some creative reservations of using it in our projects,” said studio founder Job Smeets. “Like bronze, marble is originally an ‘artist material’ rather than a ‘designer material’ and apart from few Ettore Sottsass pieces and some table tops I cannot recall significant use of marble in the field of design.”
“That is until Marc Newson presented his Marble collection at Gagosian NY 2007,” he continued. “From that moment the use of marble became one of the synonyms for the expired ‘design art’ and designers started to use, mostly white Carrara marble, as the ‘raison d’être’. Sometimes to cover up less interesting objects.”
The collection includes furniture formed from pieces modelled on elements used during highway repairs, such as traffic cones, warning lights, construction materials and tools.
A glass surface is balanced on four cones made from layers of red and white marble to create a table.
Glass sheets have also been sandwiched between two stacks of marble bricks layered with bronze “mortar”, forming a shelving unit.
A chair features a spade dug into the top of a base made from three grey slabs.
One cone forms the base for a lamp designed to mimic the warning lights that signal roadworks, mounted on an adjustable bronze stand.
The lamp head has also been designed as a table version with a dark marble support.