Renovation of the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands
The Groninger Museum has reopened after a flamboyant overhaul by designers Studio Job, Jaime Hayón and Maarten Baas. For the Job Lounge (pictured), Studio Job took inspiration from 19th century gentlemen's clubs, fitting the space with wooden marquetry, studded chairs, a large bronze fountain and Murano glass lamps. But nothing is quite as it seems. The chairs, manufactured by Moooi, are cast from plastic, while the fountain consists of a dripping tap above a large bucket, and the glass lamps take the form of breasts.
Over in the Info Centre, Jaime Hayón has created an ultra modern space, in which desks feature hoods that encase computers, creating booth-like spaces for browsers. Above these hang a series of pendant lights, suspended from a circular mirrored panel. Meanwhile, Maarten Baas has kitted out the Mendini Restaurant with new additions to his Clay collection - furniture constructed from industrial clay with a metal frame and made entirely by hand.