When Chamber opened back in 2014, it inaugurated its space with an ambitious collection that its founder, Juan Garcia Mosqueda, curated with Studio Job. Now, for its first showing at The Armory Show, the gallery-slash-boutique turned again to Studio Job, but this time, it put the Dutch design duo into the spotlight as the subject of its booth, ‘A Decade of Studio Job, 2006–2016’.
The presentation provides a glimpse at the last ten years of the studio’s work, beginning with Pinocchio from 2006's seminal ‘Homework’ series, and culminating with a never-before-seen drawing for its forthcoming ‘Sinking Ship’ table.
Between those two bookends, Chamber includes four other objects that collectively form an arc through Studio Job’s busy decade: ‘Bavaria Triptych Mirror’, 2008; ‘Piece for Peace’, 2010; ‘Horse Bust (Chess Piece)’, 2014; and ‘Standing Bubble (Light Object)’, 2014.
Chamber’s booth is a tantalising precursor to yet another presentation of Studio Job’s work: a major exhibition opening later this month at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). The first US solo museum exhibition of the firm’s work, ‘Studio Job MAD HOUSE’ will run from 22 March to 21 August, including several key loans of pieces from Chamber that it has commissioned from the studio. ‘Sinking Ship’, represented through the drawing at the Armory booth, will be included in the MAD exhibition as a fully realised table.
While the Studio Job show concludes at the end of this week, back at the gallery itself, Chamber is readying its space for the next capsule – a presentation of new works by Azuma Makoto, curated by photographer Andrew Zuckerman, who also arranged Chamber’s recent ‘Human Nature’ collection.