Taj Mahal table by Studio Job

Taj Mahal table by Studio Job

Last month’s DesignMiami/ show in Basel, Switzerland, featured the expected assortment of extraordinary furniture and art objects (case in point: the Campana brothers’ re-imagined Louis XIV chair and sofa with a structure composed of welded jungle animals). But we were particularly taken with the Taj Mahal table, a piece by the Antwerp-based design firm Studio Job. It is exactly what it says it is, a table based on the iconic monument in Agra, India, but with some decided twists: a) the to-scale model of the structure that gives the piece its name is upside-down; and b) it is black bronze instead of white marble. At 24.8 inches high, the table rests on the four minarets surrounding the tomb and dome, providing a freshly cockeyed view of an internationally recognized edifice. And though some have carped that the object trivializes the original, most viewers regard it as a tribute to a building whose architectural principles informed the design. Studio Job’s Taj Mahal table, priced at $45,450, is produced in an edition of eight.

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