Smilde’s work consists of installations, sculptures and photography. He explores the physical deconstruction and re-construction of materials; light, space, atmosphere and experience in relation to his architectural environment, creating a new moment between the realms of reality and the temporal.
Smilde holds an MA from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Awards include a start stipend form The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. He was a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2008 and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado in 2015. Smilde's work resides in both the Saatchi and the Smithsonian collections among others. Smilde has been written about extensively in art publications; additionally his Nimbus series was recognised by TIME Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Inventions of 2012"