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Chair - Lathe Chair VIII

Lathe Chair VIII

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Holland (made)

  • Date:

    2008 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brajkovic, Sebastian, born 1975 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze with a nitric-acid burned patina, embroidered upholstery

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased after a generous award from the Moët Hennessy Design Art London Prize

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The shape of this double chair is derived from an early nineteenth-century single chair, which the designer stretched and rotated to create the extended back. Like many contemporary Dutch designers, Brajkovic is interested in distorting familiar objects to encourage us to think about them in a new way. The chair is made from bronze rather than wood, another feature that defies our expectations.

The embroidery on the chair reflects Brajkovic's interest in history. It shows three fantastical animals drawn from medieval bestiaries: a camel, a hippopotamus and a wild ass. Like the shape of the chair, these creatures seem at once familiar and strange. The embroidery is 'stretched' across the back of the chair in a witty gesture, which gives it the blurred appearance of a fast-moving object on film.

Physical description

Double chair made up of two separate seats with a conjoined back, bronze, with dark grey upholstery embroidered in white and yellow.

Place of Origin

Holland (made)


2008 (made)


Brajkovic, Sebastian, born 1975 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze with a nitric-acid burned patina, embroidered upholstery

Marks and inscriptions

Camelus Indicus, Indianisch Camel
Embroidered alongside picture of camel on proper right chair seat

Onager Aldro, Wald Esel
Hippopotamus, Wasser Ochs
Embroidered alongside pictures of wild ass (?) and hippopotamus on proper left chair seat


Height: 105 cm, Width: 140 cm, Depth: 85 cm

Descriptive line

Lathe Chair VIII, 2-seated chair, by Sebastian Brajkovic, 2008, bronze with nitric-acid burned patina, embroidered upholstery.

Labels and date

‘Lathe Chair VIII’
Sebastian Brajkovic (born Netherlands, 1975)
Bronze, nitric-acid burned patina, embroidered fabric
Edition of 8, no. 1 exhibited
V&A: W.40-2008
Purchased after a generous award from the Moët Hennessy – Design Art London Prize

The ‘Lathe Chair’ series was conceived by rotating 19th-century chair shapes around a central axis to stretch them. The finished chairs were cast in bronze, like sculpture, but remain functional as furniture. The upholstery was designed digitally. The result is a marriage of tradition and modernity. [14/07/2009-18/10/2009]

Production Note

Attribution note: 1 of 8


Bronze; Fabric



Subjects depicted

Camel; Hippopotamus; Ass (animal)


Bronze; Embroidery; Furniture; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Production Type

Limited edition


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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