House of Job Porta Venezia, Milano


The boundary-pushing art and design studio recently presented their new private gallery and working space in Milan, Italy showing new sculptural work and classic pieces from the last 20 years.

Having been exhibiting and working in Milan and Italy for over 20 years, Job Smeets has now opened his first permeant based in Milan. Space is a living gallery and studio space, and for the Salone del Mobile, Studio Job held their first solo exhibition since 2010, showcasing new never before seen sculptural art pieces and original drawings, as well as classic art and design pieces from Studio Job’s twenty-year oeuvre. The pieces sit alongside collaborations with many Italian makers such as Venini, Seletti, Qeeboo, and Gufram. Studio Job hosted a ‘House Warming’ event attended by friends and well-known faces from the world of design, art, entertainment between Maurizio Cattelan, MikaMassimo Giorgetti Roberto D’AgostinoTea FalcoRossana OrlandiAntonella Rodriguez and Andrea Formilli Fendi, to name only a few.

Job’s choice to live in Milan was also down to his friendship with a group of Italian artists and designers who inspired him for the way of working and approach. “We could even become the new Memphis, a group of friends based in Milan able to do incredible things.” He refers to Charley Vezza, Stefano Seletti, Maurizio Cattelan, Paride Vitale.

This group was also present at the house-warming opening party which, together with the host’s Job Smeets and his partner Rebecca Sharkey, were attended by friends and well-known faces from the world of design, art, entertainment between which MikaVictoria CabelloRoberto D’Agostino and Anna FedericiTea FalcoRossana OrlandiAntonella Rodriguez, and Andrea Formilli Fendi, to mention only a few.

“I would hate to be one of those guys standing at the fair, I prefer to invite people into my home and my world and offer them a drink.” Explains Job Smeets

“I was ready to make a change,” says Smeets. ‘I looked at the world around me and I always wanted to subvert it, to beat it. Instead, here I feel part of a flow that is floating together. That’s why I decided to move to Milan, after 20 years of Studio Job I was definitely ready to open a new chapter and I’m very proud to be here to show our work not in a gallery, not in an event, but in my house”


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