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Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was appointed The Royal Designer for Industry in the UK, received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University, holds Adjunct Professorships at Sydney College of the Arts and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and most recently was created CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduation, was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council with which he staged his first exhibition - featuring the Lockheed Lounge – a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.

In April 2015, Newson's riveted aluminium and fiberglass lounge fetched € 3,315,000 during a sale at auction house Phillips in London With that result the Lockheed Lounge became the most expensive object sold by a living designer.

Gluon chair

Gluon chair

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Gluonchair

Marc Newson

31 12 2015

Furniture from 1986-1995

Marcnewson

Gluon chair

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The Black Hole Table directly addresses Marc’s abiding interest in outer space, and inner too. The partially hollow legs of each table, like funnels, are conceptual renderings of black holes. “Both my sculptural work and the production furniture have always had as much to do with what is not there as what is there—the voids, the interior spaces, the things that you don’t see.”

The Idée edition was made by some Japanese surfboard makers Marc had met whilst living in Japan and who had experience of working with carbon fiber. The Black Hole Table was carved out of polyurethane, then laminated with carbon fiber on the top and fiberglass on the bottom (the latter being a cost-cutting choice taken by the surfers); the legs were fabricated separately using a mold.

Only originally producing a handful of tables, Marc was unsatisfied with the quality and he later produced an edition of 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs in France achieving an entire surface made of carbon fibre and meeting his exacting specifications.

Key materials: Carbon fiber, GRP, Polyurethane foam

BlackHoleTable

1988/2000: Black Hole Table, Marc Newson Edition

With the Event Horizon Table, Marc was finally able to achieve what he had sought with the LC1 and the Lockheed Lounge - to work with aluminium as if it were a soft, bendable material, stretching it and warping it seamlessly. Made by an Aston Martin restoration firm near London, where the coachbuilders were highly skilled at welding, wheeling, and forming, and worked almost exclusively in aluminium. The table is fabricated in spun aluminium, with four trumpet legs supporting a shaped top which, being open at both ends, reveals a hollow interior. The interior is coated in deep 'Ferrari' red enamel paint.

The Event Horizon Table, along with the Orgone Chair, Orgone Stretch Chair and the Alufelt Chair, was shown at the ‘Wormhole’ exhibition, Marc’s first solo show in Milan, during the furniture fair of 1994.

Pod/Marc Newson Edition of 10 + 3 artist’s proofs + 1 yellow version.

Key materials: Aluminium, Lacquer

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1992 Event Horizon Table, Marc Newson Edition

Having already completed two riveted aluminium pieces, Marc felt compelled to revisit his LC1 lounge of 1986 with the hopes of coming closer to his original goal for that piece. He wanted to address two issues, the first being that the LC1 felt “too derivative and postmodern” and the second being that the form was not as ambiguous or as fluid as he had intended.

The prototype differs slightly from rest of edition in the finishing of the feet, which have fiberglass showing where aluminum stops; the pieces in the edition have rubberised paint covering the feet.

Edition of 10 + 4 artist’s proofs (black feet) + 1 prototype (white feet).

Key materials: Aluminium, GRP

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1988: Lockheed Lounge, Marc Newson Edition

Inspired by the 18th Century style of the 1920s French cabinetmaker, Andre Groult, Marc began working on the Pod of Drawers, his second riveted aluminium piece after the LC1, using a similar technique of applying hand-beaten and cut aluminium pieces over a fluid fibreglass form.  He handmade the first Pod of Drawers in London before later finishing the edition in Sydney. The piece has five drawers and painted wood feet.

Marc Newson Edition of 10 + 2 artist’s proofs + 1 prototype.

Key material: Aluminium

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1987: Pod of Drawers, Marc Newson Edition

Stylistically, the Embryo was an important breakthrough, defining for the first time a very identifiable Marc Newson signature style.

“So many qualities of that chair laid down the DNA for much of what I was to do after that. It’s probably one of the most recognizable things that I’ve done, and one of the first really well-resolved pieces, both aesthetically and technically.”

The Embryo was Marc’s most technologically advanced project to date, making use of injection molded polyurethane foam over an internal steel frame, and the surface was then covered in brightly-coloured wetsuit neoprene.

Key materials: Aluminium, Metal components, Polyurethane foam, Textile

Awards: Red Dot Design Award 1999

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1988: Embryo Chair, Idée

Having designed pieces for Idée for several years, Marc decided to take advantage of the company’s avid working relationship with a wicker factory in Thailand to make a wicker version of the Felt Chair. It took six weeks of daily work to weave the first chair, which ended up not meeting Newson’s expectations in terms of quality. Subsequent ones were perfected, and the steel frames were made according to a jig Marc had fashioned.

Idée Lounge/chair, version 1: Tubular steel, cane, woven rattan.

Idée Chair, version 2: Fiberglass shell, woven rattan.

The Wicker Chair is still in production and is manufactured by Idée.

WickerChairandLounge

1990 Wicker Chair and Lounge, Idée

Horizontal 'hourglass'-shaped Orgone chaise-longue form of shiny moulded fibreglass. The upper raised end is supported on one cone shaped fibreglass leg and the lower end supported on two cone legs.

The term 'orgone' was adapted from the eccentric orgone energy theories of 1940s scientist Wilhelm Reich. The flattened, moulded 'chaise-longue' form of the 'Orgone' was also inspired by the shape and construction techniques of surfboards.

Key material: GRP

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1989: Orgone Lounge and Table , Cappellini

Riga is awooden writing desk, loosely inspired by a jeweller’s table for home use, matt lacquered in all the colours of the Cappellini collection. The feet and knobs are finished in natural anodised aluminium.

The piece is in production and is manufactured by Cappellini.

Key materials: Lacquer, Wood

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1995 Riga Desk, Cappellini

The Orgone Stretch Lounge was made as a companion piece to the Event Horizon Table and the Orgone Chair. The form is what Marc was striving for when he made the Lockheed Lounge however at the time did not have the knowledge or the resources to make it. Both pieces were fabricated by British coachbuilders specialising in the restoration of Aston Martins.

Pod/Marc Newson Edition of 6 + 2 artist’s proofs + 1 prototype.

Key materials: Aluminium, Lacquer

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1993 Orgone Stretch Lounge, Marc Newson Edition

The Orgone Chair is a progression from Marc’s Lockheed Lounge and reflects Marc’s desire to find a way to work with aluminium in a fluid form as well as his ongoing investigation of new production methods and processes.

“Subconsciously, I think I started leaving holes and spaces because it seemed such a shame to cover up some very high-quality manufacturing and finishing. Both the interior and the exterior of the work merge together creating a fluid and utile object with a liminal space that draws the outer surface inside and vice versa: there is an interstice where the interior voids become the exterior legs. I do like the idea of creating negative space within forms.” The Orgone Chair, along with the Orgone Stretch Lounge, Event Horizon Table and the Alufelt Chair, was shown at the ‘Wormhole’ exhibition, Marc’s first solo show in Milan, during the furniture fair of 1994.

Pod/Marc Newson Edition of 6 + 2 artist’s proofs.

Key materials: Aluminium, Lacquer

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1993 Orgone chair, Marc Newson Edition

The Gluon chair was conceived as an object to appeal to the masses that, being modular, could adapt to a wide variety of settings. The void in the centre acts as an air cushion to make it comfortable to sit on, the hole wasn’t just about styling, but the function of the chair.

The piece is still in production and manufactured by Moroso, Italy.

Key materials: Aluminium, Polyurethane, Textile/Leather Upholstery

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1993 Gluon Chair, Moroso

The Alufelt Chair differs from the other pieces in the aluminium series as it is not a fully self-contained shape, having no tubular aspect, although it shares much of the same vocabulary.

Reworking his Felt Chair for the aluminium series offered Marc a chance to resolve the rear leg detail. He was happy with the Cappellini version of the leg, a simple steel tube, but felt it was ‘foreign’ to the chair (it had been an afterthought). Making the whole piece out of aluminium meant that, following the black hole theme, he could simply extrude the leg.

The Alufelt, along with the Event Horizon Table and the Orgone Chair and Stretch Lounge, was shown at the ‘Wormhole’ exhibition, Marc’s first solo show in Milan, during the furniture fair of 1994.

Pod/Marc Newson Edition of 6 + 2 Prototypes.

Key materials: Aluminium, Lacquer

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1993 Alufelt, Marc Newson Edition

Hangman clothes hanger in satin stainless steel in two different sizes . The design of the piece was informed by the vocabulary of a simple wire coat hanger: the shape of the foot mimics that of a coat hanger, as it had been re-bent into the shape. 

Key material: Stainless steel

Hangman

1994 Hangman, Cappellini

The Felt Chair was conceived while Marc was working on studies for what would become the Orgone Chair, he sketched a hollow variation with a sliced off bottom and sides that continued down to the floor.

The relative simplicity of the Felt Chair’s design made it a good candidate for production. The Felt Chair is made from natural a polished aluminium base with a reinforced fibreglass body.

The piece is in production and is manufactured by Cappellini.

Key materials: Glass, Steel, Textile

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1993 Felt Chair, Cappellini

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