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Sebastian Brajkovic

Sebastian Brajkovic
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Biography

The Dutch-Croatian-Indonesian designer was born in 1975. He graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006 and burst onto the art-world scene with his project Lathe. This series is already recognised as a modern classic of design and resides in the permanent collection of institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York).

From an early age Brajkovic was fascinated by the rotation and skewing of an object. Eventually this fascination manifested itself in painting and sculpture, resulting in the creation of the Lathe series of tables and chairs. Perspective and distortion remain integral to his practice and can be seen throughout his sculptural furniture pieces.

 

Sebastian Brajkovic holds a keen interest in the divide between art and design and delving into the boundary between the two has long fuelled his practice. Through his in-depth exploration of the theoretical and the technical, Brajkovic creates an aesthetic balance of structure, freedom, and form. His designs often skew classical furniture designs, stretching and distorting them until they become surreal objects of varying functionality. His designs are a mix of the past and future – he often incorporates found or existing items into his designs and then playfully distorts and reimagines them.

For his Lathe series, expanded for his first solo show at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in 2008, Brajkovic employed traditional techniques such as woodcarving, bronze casting, and embroidery, sculpting each work by hand before moulding them. However, he is not afraid to embrace new digital techniques, using them to expand pixels and distort images.

Selection of Works

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Achievements

  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘Summer Show’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • TEFAF New York Spring, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Design Miami/, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami, USA.
  • ‘Lathe’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, USA.
  • ‘Retrospective Exhibition 10 Years of Collectible Design, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mitry-Mory, France.
  • Design Miami/, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami, USA.
  • Expo Chicago, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Chicago, USA.
  • ‘Vanishing Point’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Shanghaï, Shanghaï, China.
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE.
  • Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Masterpiece, London, UK.
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE.
  • Pavilion of Art and Design, Paris, France.
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, New York, USA.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK.
  • Inaugural Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Pavilion of Art and Design, London, UK.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Pavilion des arts and du Design, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • ‘Sebastian Brajkovic’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
  • ‘Design High’ Louise Blouin Foundation in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Pavilion des arts and du Design, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • ‘Rossana Orlandi’, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘DesignArt London’, shown by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Lathe VIII acquired for the permanent collection at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
  • Lathe V acquired for the permanent collection at Museum of Arts and Design, New-York, USA.
  • Design Museum, ‘How to Design a Chair’, United Kingdom: Conran Octopus.
  • Dempsey, Amy, ‘1963 , Styles, schools and movements: the essential encyclopaedic guide to modern art.’ London: Thames & Hudson.
  • Gareth Williams, ‘Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in contemporary Design’, London: V&A Publishing.
  • ‘Trend Forecaster’s Handbook’, United Kingdom: Laurence King.
  • R. Klanten, A. Kupetz, S. Ehmann, S. Moreno, ‘Once Upon a Chair, Design Beyond the Icon’, Germany : Gestalten.
  • Bocquoye, Moniek e. and STORM, Dieter Van Den. ‘FORMS WITH A SMILE. Design Today’, Netherlands Stichting Kunstboek.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
  • Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA.
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, USA.
  • SCAD Lacoste, Savannah College of Arts and Design, Lacoste, France.
  • Louise Blouin Foundation, London, UK.

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