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Farm

by Brian Fichtner in Culture on 23 April 2008

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Staged in an immaculate, white gabled space in the Navigli neighborhood in Milan, Studio Job recently previewed their latest monumental work in conjunction with the Eindhoven-based designhuis. The installation, called Farm, draws inspiration from traditional farming economies of the Dutch lowlands, and is composed of twenty-four cast bronze objects and six pieces of Palissander wood furniture.

Continuing the leitmotif developed in last year's Homework series, Studio Job have reduced the detail of elemental objects (a pail, a frying pan, milk bottles) to such a degree, at the same time blowing them up in scale, that they become strangely foreign. Though the press release hailed Farm as an ode to country roots, I found the installation, and the elevated severance of these objects from their customary functions, a rather pastoral gesture that might have been pushed a little further. (See more images of the exhibit after the jump.)

In any case, viewing the work of Studio Job should provoke more than mere approval or disapproval. They're not simply designing chairs, after all. The Farm will move to its permanent home at the Zuiderzeenmuseum in Enkhuizen this June. Meanwhile, you can soon view their Robber Barron collection, which debuted at Design Miami last December, at Moss during ICFF.

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