Lathe II by Sebastian Brajkovic is for sale at Phillips on a December 13, 2016 auction in NYC. Estimate is $15,000 – 20,000.
Update: Not Sold!
About Sebastian Brajkovic
Sebastian Brajkovic investigates the notions of perspective and distortion of form through his sculptural furniture pieces. This interest in the rotation and skewing of an object originated from his childhood, when reel-to-reel tape decks and car wheels were such a source of overwhelming intrigue to the young Brajkovic that his parents wondered if he might be autistic (he was not).
As he matured his fascination manifested itself in painting and sculpture, eventually resulting in the creation of the Lathe series of tables and chairs, which have been identified as a modern classic of design and reside in the permanent collection of institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York).
Sebastian Brajkovic was born in Amsterdam in 1975 to a Dutch-Indonesian mother and a Croatian-Italian father, Brajkovic studied cabinet-making before enrolling at Design Academy Eindhoven. He started his Lathe Series as a graduation project for the Eindhoven Academy and has since continued working on the series. I know of 10 thus far, two of them I’ve featured already here. I like to bring them together in one post to show the development of the series.
He shares with his audience an understanding and respect for what has passed, but he does not merely reproduce traditional styles in a bid to replicate history. Rather, Brajkovic transforms and mutates archetypal shapes into new forms, using contemporary technologies. These hybrids exist entirely in their own present, but are built on our recognition of the past within them.
Sebastian Brajkovic conceived a new Lathe (X) in 2010 for this sales exhibition.
About Sebastian from the Sotheby’s Catalog:
Renowned for his Lathe Chair series, Sebastian Brajkovic’s artistic process begins with a deconstruction of antique furniture, in particular 17th and 19th century chairs. Through a combination of wood carving, bronze casting and machine embroidering, he then reconstructs an entirely new vision. There is undoubtedly a Cubist, even Mannerist element to Brajkovic’s chairs as they belie an interest in presenting all angles of an object simultaneously. Brajkovic plays with the sitters’ comfort with the familiar and the new by taking traditional forms and techniques and subverting them with a contemporary approach. He developed the original concept for the design of the Lathe. series on a computer which rotated and morphed his drawings. Brajkovic recalls ‘The designs stretched and opened up, and the colours unfolded in multihued possibilities’. His work is at once highly contemporary and yet ingrained in history with its exquisite craftsmanship and traditional techniques. They could not exist without historical precedents, or our appreciation of them. Cast in bronze or aluminium like sculptural art works, but remaining functional as furniture, the chairs are both a tribute to the past and a prelude to the future. As Gareth Williams observed, ‘These hybrids exist entirely in their own present, but are built on our recognition of the past within them.’ A lathe chair forms part of the permanent collection of the V & A, London.
Sotheby’s has teamed up with London Based carpenters workshop gallery and organized an outdoor sales exposition, featuring 25 pieces of modern design in the magnificent garden of Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds (UK). Many chairs and benches are featured until August 1, 2010.