Inspired by 19th century private gentleman’s clubs, the lounge created by Studio Job for the Groninger Museum is a contradiction of sorts. The parquet floor unfolds like an intricate maze, creating a labyrinth that winds around the gothic castle chairs casted from plastic.Gone are the top hats and uber thick carpet. In their place is a cast bronze fountain, polychrome leaded-glass windows with stained glass representations swathed in trompe l’oeil curtains and glass wall lamps manufactured by the famous Venini glass company in Murano. The lounge oozes with luxury and refinement of a bygone era and yet upon closer inspection, one will notice minor details, such as tablecloths detailed with archetypical representations of prisons and camps along with stained glass windows that exhibit oil drilling rigs, fuming factory chimneys and other industrial excesses. “Fantasy and functionality mingle in a dream landscape that flouts all museological rules of good taste.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
(Photography: Studio Job)