Studio Job designs "travelling circus" stage set for Mika tour

Studio Job creates "travelling circus" stage set for Mika tour using giant illustrations

For its first music project, Studio Job designed a stage set featuring oversized illustrations and a giant disco ball for British musician Mika's No Place In Heaven tour (+ slideshow).

Mika by Studio Job

The set's huge "fantastical" drawings depict everything from smoking chimneys, to the Titanic sinking and a giant shark emerging from the sea.

Mika by Studio Job

"I drew the No Place in Heaven illustrations specially for the set design, on tiny pieces of paper at Mika's kitchen table in London," said studio founder Job Smeets – who apparently met Mika while playing triangle during a recording session.

"After that they were scanned and blown up to gigantic proportions, and positioned together to get a classic 2D/3D composition with weird perspectives," he told Dezeen. "We were inspired by the set designs of David Hockney and other artists. It needed to be straight from the heart."

Mika by Studio Job

A caravan on the right-hand side of Mika's set is labelled Paradise in light-up signage, and has hidden sliding doors that open to reveal more illustrations, a niche that holds a keyboard, and a set of pipes that extend up and out of its roof.

Mika by Studio Job

Smeets also showed illustrations at the studio's recent Banana Show in Belgium – a solo exhibition of art and design which also included lights shaped like peeled bananas.

"We wanted a dull caravan that would explode into a bizarre carnivalesque mishmash," said Smeets, who told Dezeen that the set was designed in just 24 hours, and produced in two weeks.

Mika by Studio Job

For the grand finale of the show, a giant world globe covered in 500,000 crystals – all applied by hand – descends from the ceiling like a disco ball.

Mika by Studio Job

The entire stage set was designed to be easily transportable and, in the words of Smeets, "idiot-proof".

Mika by Studio Job

"Set design is so different from our normal, sculptural work," he added. "It's decor that needs to set up and put down many times. Basically it's a travelling circus."

Mika by Studio Job

Although this is its first foray into music, Studio Job is no stranger to designing scenography. The Belgium-based studio has created many catwalks for Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf.

Mika by Studio Job

Other recent projects include whimsical crystal-encrusted installation for Swarovski, and "rock and roll" garden furniture for Seletti.

Photography is by Set Vexy and Loek Blonk.