SMEETS SPOT: The fashion world is quickly becoming familiar with the work of industrial designer Job Smeets, thanks to the Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf. Smeets, who founded Studio Job in Amsterdam in 1998, is responsible not only for the whimsical charm jewelry used in the designers’ spring 2002 collection, but also the uncomfortable, though charming, bright blue sofa in their showroom that looks like it was beamed out of a cartoon world.

Other designers are collecting Smeets’ massive wooden shelving units, which fit together like a child’s construction puzzle, and his housewares inspired by the gilded grails and mugs of the Middle Ages. Swarovski has tapped Smeets to participate in its chandelier design project, which he will show at the Maison & Object design fair in Paris in January, as well as some jewelry for spring 2003. But another project could substantially expand Smeets’ presence: He’s collaborating on the design of Viktor & Rolf’s first fragrance, being launched next year by L’Oréal.

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