Dutch-Belgian design firm Studio Job has created a series of imaginative, bespoke furniture pieces that recast architectural feats from the past and present—enhanced by Swarovski crystal and plenty of gold.
Designed from 2009 to 2014 and presented earlier this month in a solo exhibition at Design Miami by the London-based Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Landmark mixes materials like cast bronze, gold, and crystal—which are typical throughout the studio's work—and incorporates plays on scale and orientation to render new functions for the noteworthy forms.
"All these buildings have an iconic or historical load that specifies them," the studio's co-founder Job Smeets wrote in an email. "They [are] all about the so-called achievements and efforts of mankind. May it be in…politics, science, or religion."
Among the buildings to receive the Studio Job treatment are Chartres Cathedral, which is scaled down and flipped on one end to become a 61 in.–tall cabinet (above); the Eiffel Tower, which is remade as a 25 in.–tall task lamp with an arched arm; and the Burj Khalifa, imagined atop a sculptural representation of the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, which holds a timepiece, while the tower's reduced, 118-in. height is scaled by King Kong.
This article has been updated.