Studio Job creates surreal backdrop of "precious sculptural objects" for Italian TV show
Studio Job's set for musician Mika's Stasera Casa TV show includes a Sacré-Cœur cake, a flying heart and a giant disco ball modelled on the earth.
The Belgian design duo partnered with Italian set designer Riccardo Bocchini to create the props, which are designed as a range of pieces that can travel around the world as needed.
The set is Studio Job's first piece of design for TV, and follows on from the "travelling circus" it created for Mika's 2015 tour.
"All the pieces we did have their own references in history," the studio told Dezeen. "In a way, all the objects belong to the surreal and fictive lifestyle of the nearly cartoonesque character Mika."
The backdrop of surreal props is illuminated by colourful fairground lights. A heart-topped fridge appears to be melting, while a car's exhaust pipe has been replaced with a circus bugle.
A giant gothic-style chair offers a place for the musician to sit and a huge disco ball-style globe hangs overhead. Also included in the set is an enormous table lamp, an archway surrounded by faux stained glass and Paris' Sacré-Cœur church recreated as a birthday cake.
"In the entertainment business, normally everything is created for the effect of the moment," they said. "A stage set is like an old Western movie Hollywood set – made out of cardboard and thrown away after use."
"We tried to break with that tradition by creating precious sculptural objects that together show Mika's world and lifestyle," they continued. "These objects will become like the actors in Mika's fictive universe."
Studio Job, led by designers Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, is known for its fantastical and often autobiographical pieces.
The pair recently designed an eight-metre Tree of Life for Miami's Faena Forum, which is decorated in a golden jug of milk, a cowboy hat, and a rainbow-covered castle.
Photography is by Paolo Ferrarini unless otherwise stated.