Wonderlamp

2010

Pieke Bergmans & Studio Job

Obvious – that is the first thought that comes to mind when considering a collaborative effort
between Studio Job and Pieke Bergmans.

Obvious, since both designers work with archetypal materials that take their form via coagulation. Studio Job makes monumental objects of cast
bronze. In recent years, Bergmans made a name for herself with mouth-blown crystal that
coagulates into fluid forms. But especially obvious since both studios place everyday implements
in a different, surprising context.

While in most cases ‘obvious’ is not a good reason to opt for collaboration, in this case the logic
behind the partnership guarantees a quality result. And both have a highly personalized vision
and style. Where Bergmans, with surprising products, seeks correlation with reality, Studio Job
creates a unique fantasy world full of surrealistic elements. These differences offer enough
points of contact for a surprising and exciting exchange of ideas.

With projects such as Farm and Homework, in the last ten years Studio Job has taken up a
unique position in the international world of design. Enlarging everyday products into sculptures
endows them with new aesthetic and symbolic value. The wooden soupspoon or the pitchfork is
elevated to iconic object. In this, Studio Job is commenting on volatile disposable articles usually
associated with design. The relevance of this commentary is underscored by the rising status of
Studio Job – what began as a duo (Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel) has since grown into a
productive atelier with ten regular artists and a network of producers.

Pieke Bergmans made her international breakthrough in 2008 with Light Blubs, a series of
crystal lamps that refer to the archetypal incandescent lamp. By literally blowing up the bulb, she
confirms the iconic status of this light source. She emphasizes this traditional way of working by
fluidly allowing the crystal to find its new form. At the same time, she places her light sculptures
in the present by equipping them with LED’s.

Studio Job and Pieke Bergmans are taking the aforementioned projects as point of departure for
their collaboration. The light giving blubs of Bergmans are linked to seven bronze objects from
Studio Job. The unique style of both designers remains intact with these WONDERLAMP. At the
same time, an alienating object is created with an unexpected function: giving light. This yields
seven playful but monumental implements that stir the fantasy and imagination. After earlier
dark works by Studio Job such as Robber Baron – a keen commentary on unbridled capitalism –
WONDERLAMP strikes a lighter tone. Precisely in these uncertain, almost fearful times, the
need is greater than ever for hopeful products that evoke astonishment.

However obvious the collaboration between Studio Job and Pieke Bergmans may be, it is
unique in the international world of design, where precisely the personal signature of the
designer dominates. In these times in which nearly all certainties in product design are tottering,
however, such collaboration can lead to stimulating insights and unexpected results. For these
reasons, this pioneering partnership between these two Dutch studios could even develop into a
paradigmatic project.

Hence, the obvious place to present WONDERLAMP is the Salone del Mobile in Milan. After all,
for years this annual design fair has been the place where innovative and inspiring design
projects are revealed to the world. Since the eighties, Dilmos has been a synonym for research,
always open to receive projects and reflections is obviously one of the leading venues for such
design.

– Jeroen Junte, January 2010
(journalist ‘de Volkskrant’)