Friday Photo: Chair and Chair Alike

What if a loveseat wanted a divorce? We imagine the results would look something like Sebastian Brajkovic‘s “Lathe VIII” chair, a pair of grey-coated bronze chairs conjoined by a blur of silk upholstery. The Amsterdam-based designer created the chair in 2008 as part of a series that began as his graduation project at Design Academy, Eindhoven (he graduated all right, and landed a coveted internship at Studio Makkink Bey) and was inspired in part by the tools of graphic designers. “[The] extruding idea came from a Photoshop function where you can pick a row of pixels and extend them as long as you want,” Brajkovic has said. A closer look at the chair reveals a patina of nitric acid scars and needle-stitched embroidery of hippopotamuses and wildebeasts. The competition for this contemporary design icon (one of a limited edition of eight chairs entered the permanent collection of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum only months after it was created) is expected to be just as wild on April 7, when a “Lathe VIII” goes on the block at Phillips de Pury in London. It is estimated to sell for between £40,000 to £60,000 (roughly $65,000 to $95,000, at current exchange).