Marc Newson industrial designer from Sydney, Australia.

Orgone Loung by Marc Newson
Orgone Loung by Marc Newson

Marc Newson is an industrial designer from Sydney, Australia.

Education

He earned his education at Sydney’s College of Art, where he majored in jewellery design.

Biography

He obtained a grant from the Australian Crafts Council in 1986 and organised his first exhibition, including the Lockheed Lounge.

Lockheed Lounge designed by Mark Newson
Lockheed Lounge designed by Marc Newson
Super Guppy Lamp by Marc Newson
Super Guppy Lamp by Marc Newson

Tokyo and Paris

Newson was invited to Tokyo by Tenuto Kurosaki of the Idée furniture group. The Super Guppy lamp (1987) and the Orgone lounge are examples of his work (1989).

In 1991, he relocated to Paris and founded a studio. “One of the first pieces where I stumbled upon a discernible style,” he says of his 1988 Embryo Chair.

Embryo chair Mark Newson
Embryo chair Marc Newson

Newson Newson was best known for his 1985 Lockheed Lounge steel chaise, built in the lobby of the 1990 Paramount Hotel in New York, after working with Ron Arad in London. The black pod clock he designed in 1990 is circular from the front and elliptical from the rear. Its white spinning dots were influenced by Cartier models from the turn of the century. Moroso created his TV chair and TV table in 1993.

Post 1997

Newson relocated to London in 1997 to build his business. As a result, he was able to take on larger projects, and his ideas were quickly sought after by a wide range of clientele. He worked for a diverse spectrum of famous firms, designing pieces for mass production in a variety of fields. Domestic wares for Alessi, furniture for B&B Italia, and lighting for Flos were among his works. With designs for unique goods like the water filled polypropylene ‘Rock Door Stop’ for Magis (2007), the Strelka cultlery series (2003) and ‘Stavros Bottle Opener’ (2007) for Alessi, and a range of timepieces for Ikepod, his broad view has continued into the twenty-first century (2006).

Every year he races one of his four vintage sports cars – an Aston Martin, a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Cisitalia, in the Italian Mille Miglia and was quoted as saying: “I’m not a motorhead, I don’t like the new versions of any of those cars.”

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Miller, J. (2009). 20th century design: The definitive illustrated sourcebook. Miller’s.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, February 2). Marc Newson. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:04, February 28, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marc_Newson&oldid=1004345228

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