For its initial music venture, Studio Task made a stage set featuring oversized illustrations and a giant disco ball for British musician Mika’s No Area In Heaven tour .
The set’s huge “fantastical” drawings depict every little thing from smoking chimneys, to the Titanic sinking and a giant shark emerging from the sea.
“I drew the No Place in Heaven illustrations specially for the set design and style, on tiny pieces of paper at Mika’s kitchen table in London,” explained studio founder Work Smeets – who apparently met Mika while enjoying triangle throughout a recording session.
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“Following that they were scanned and blown up to gigantic proportions, and positioned collectively to get a classic 2D/3D composition with weird perspectives,” he informed Dezeen. “We had been inspired by the set styles of David Hockney and other artists. It required to be straight from the heart.”
A caravan on the correct-hand side of Mika’s set is labelled Paradise in light-up signage, and has hidden sliding doors that open to reveal a lot more illustrations, a niche that holds a keyboard, and a set of pipes that lengthen up and out of its roof.
Smeets also showed illustrations at the studio’s recent Banana Demonstrate in Belgium – a solo exhibition of art and design which also included lights shaped like peeled bananas.
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“We wished a dull caravan that would explode into a bizarre carnivalesque mishmash,” said Smeets, who told Dezeen that the set was made in just 24 hrs, and developed in two weeks.
For the grand finale of the display, a giant world globe covered in 500,000 crystals – all utilized by hand – descends from the ceiling like a disco ball.
The complete stage set was made to be simply transportable and, in the words of Smeets, “idiot-proof”.
“Set design is so distinct from our standard, sculptural operate,” he added. “It really is decor that wants to set up and put down several instances. Generally it truly is a travelling circus.”
Even though this is its very first foray into music, Studio Work is no stranger to designing scenography. The Belgium-primarily based studio has produced numerous catwalks for Dutch trend residence Viktor & Rolf.
Other current projects contain whimsical crystal-encrusted installation for Swarovski, and “rock and roll” garden furnishings for Seletti.
Photography is by Set Vexy and Loek Blonk.