Marc Newson is one of the most famous and influential designers of his generation. Newson has become a part of the ultramodern world of pop culture. His work can be seen in the clips of Madonna, the movie “Austin powers” and others. Quite a few of his furnitures, lightings and glass tablewares acquired a status of cultural values. He has clients in Europe, North America and Asia. The most famous achievements of Marc Newson are: the Lockheed Lounge, Falcon Jet 900B, Ford o21c Concept Car, personal jet plane Kelvin 40, MN Bicycle Biomega, Coast Restaurant (London), Syn Recording Studio (Tokyo). Newsons works are in the Museum of Design (London), the Museum of Decorative Arts (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (new York).
Kelvin40 Concept Jet
Ford 021C Concept Car
Falcon Jet 900B
Born in 1963 in Sydney, Newson spent his childhood traveling in Europe and Asia. He studied at the Sydney College of the Arts, where he learned jewelry craft and sculpture. He began experimenting with furniture in his student years. In 1986 (after 2 years from graduation) Newson opened his Studio POD, which focuses on the design of furniture and watches. After a while, the designer presented the Lockheed Lounge – an elegant aluminum version of an 18th century chair, for which he was nominated for the prize of the Australian Crafts Council. This chair is now exposed in the Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney. It was Newson’s first serious success. The Lockheed Lounge made it’s appearance in the video for Madonna’s “Rain”, which gave the designer worldwide fame.
In 1988, he designed the chair for the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. This strange form on tubular steel basis he called the Embryo.
Marc went to Tokyo and lived there from 1987 to 1990, since a Japanese businessman, Teruo Kurosaki, offered to begin the production of Newson’s goods. Kurosaki’s company, Ide, produced such Newson’s objects, such as Orgone Lounge, Black Hole Table and Felt Chair, which were widely exhibited in Europe and Asia.
Black Hole Table
Felt Chair (Leather)
In the early ’90s Newson became one of the most popular designers of the world. In 1991 he opened Studio in Paris, and has won tenders for the design of luminaries for Flos and furniture for Cappellini & Moroso. He founded the joint-stock company Ikepod (Ikepod Watch Company), which produced watches. The first collection “Seaslug” was released in 1995. Then they released Hemipode, Isopode and Megapode. All Ikepod watches are manufactured in Switzerland are in limited edition. Newson’s watches, produced by the firm Ikepod, are distinguished by simplicity and refined, streamlined form, which reminds a pill, and bright colors. Newson is very fond of limes and oranges. The company also produces furnitures, for example the Event Horizon Table and Orgone Chair.
Event Horizon Table
In the mid-1990s Newson designed the interior of the Coast Restaurant in London and Mash & Air and Osman Syn in Manchester. Newson also designed interiors in Germany and Tokyo. In 2004, he has developed a design of the Lever House Restaurant & Bar in New York. The restaurant occupies 600 m2 in a building of steel and glass, has the form of a cocoon made of wood and leather and is completely isolated from the outside world with no windows.
Syn Recording Studio, Tokyo
Coast Restaurant, London
Lever House Restaurant & Bar, New York
Newson’s works are purchased by various museums for permanent exhibitions. Among the buyers are the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Design in London and the German Vitra Design Museum.
In 1997 Newson moved to London, and together with his partner Benjamin De Haan opens “Marc Newson Ltd”. This is a new studio with a large and broad focus in all areas of design. From this moment all Newson’s work go through his own company.
“I think Marc is fairly peerless now. Marc’s forms are often imitated, but what other designers seldom imitate is his preoccupation with materials and processes. You have to start with an understanding of the material. Often your innovation is just coming up with a new way to use material.”, – Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. and Marc Newson’s best friend.