This is the Book of Job. Complete with gilded, letterpressed pages, the first monograph of Dutch design duo Studio Job is biblical, enclosed in a foil stamped slipcase, and featuring a signed bookplate, four gatefolds, two ribbon markers, and a foil stamped case. Just 3,000 of the leather-bound edition are available, and we're guessing, so praiseworthy is the effort that's gone into it all, they're not going to end up in the bargain bin.
Job Smeets and Ny Tynagel have amassed a cult following for their work, which includes monumental (often dramatically larger than life) everyday objects, often infused with grand historical themes while still remaining primarily functional. No process is too laborious or luxurious for Antwerp-based Smeets and Tynagel, who have been known to explore a religious devotion to craftsmanship with collections in stained glass and marquetry as well as extensive use of precious materials.
In this beautiful tome interior spreads feature new specially commissioned photographs and gatefold tableaux created using special dies. Contributors include Victor & Rolf, Murray Moss and Nadja Swarovski - all giving a rare insight into Studio Job's quite particular approach to design and pattern-making, the result is a collectible and highly rarified book. A signing is planned in London for January - watch this space.