Designer Sebastian Brajkovic transcends form at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery
In his exhibition Vanishing Point at Paris’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery, new sensation Sebastian Brajkovic is showing remarkable pieces that seem to stretch towards infinity.
“While I’m inspired by the past, for example by a Neoclassical chair, I always try to recompose it to produce a new, futurist object that takes us beyond our own imagination,” confided Dutch designer Sebastian Brajkovic just before his first exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. His show (on view until 29 August) entirely fulfils this promise, with a collection of pieces that straddle the line between furniture and art.
But this doesn’t mean he’s not interested in craftsmanship, calling with brio on the allure of patinated bronze and dark fabrics, or on the talented Lesage workshops for the embroidery of his Fibonacci chair. While Brajkovic is attracted by the field of art and by theoretical thinking, he also learned cabinet making before continuing his studies at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven.
I try to bring back life, to give the illusion of movement
“I try to bring back life, to give the illusion of movement,” he declares. With the title of his exhibition, Vanishing Point, he’s even looking towards infinity, with pieces that appear to be constantly growing. His bench sofas plunge towards the ground as though sucked down by a vortex, while his Fibonacci chair curls up in response to the Fibonacci sequence, named after the 12th-century Italian mathematician who discovered it. In the sequence, each number is the sum of the two preceding it, producing an exponential progression that Brajkovic has represented in such singular graphic form. Despite their apparent historicism, his pieces evoke the speed of our current times, a world in which information, ideas and objects are in perpetual movement…
The distortion Brajkovic applies to his pieces can sometimes lead to the deconstruction of social behaviours, for example with Conversation Piece, an ensemble of three chairs that, rather than encouraging a tête à tête in the manner of the traditional love seat, seems to be calling for a threesome… It’s these games with space, movement and reality – his work appears almost virtual and “Photoshopped” – that bring all the spice to Brajkovic’s oeuvre. His pieces are as aesthetic as they are intellectual, and have earned him a place in the permanent collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and New York’s Museum of Arts and Design.
By Thibaut Wychowanok. Photos Mehdi Mendas.
ExhibitionVanishing Point, until the 29 of august, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 54, rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris, carpentersworkshopgallery.com