Marc Newson has been unanimously acclaimed as one of the most brilliant and prolific industrial designers of our times. During his career, he has produced works for the most disparate of industries: from furnishing to interior design, from fashion to watchmaking, and from shipbuilding to aerospace.
Marc Newson was born in Sydney in 1963, and spent his childhood travelling between Europe and Asia. These journeys clearly enriched his sensitivity towards design.
After graduating in Jewellery and Sculpture from Sydney College of the Arts, he won a grant from the Australian Crafts Council which enabled him to present his Lockheed Lounge project at Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley Gallery in 1988: a chaise-long which became legendary with the passing of time after breaking auctioning records no fewer than three times, culminating at Phillips‘ auction house in 2015 when it was sold for just under the amazing figure of £2.5 million. This had never previously been achieved by a designer still actively working.
He was included in Time magazine’s 2005 list of the world’s 100 most influential people, after working with many very important international brands in his own multi-faceted and revolutionary style. His works are exhibited in some of the world’s top museums, including New York’s MoMA, London’s V&A, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Newson has lived in London since 1997, and it is here that he founded Marc Newson Ltd, a studio in his own image which enables him to take on ever more ambitious and original projects.
Having set numerous records at auctions, it has been estimated that Newson’s works now comprise almost 25% of the total value of the contemporary design market. This highly impressive statistic is reflected in the appellation he has received as the undisputed master of modern design.
The photo gallery shows a selection of his most breathtaking projects, and most of which are produced in extremely limited numbers.
London, January 2017