Marc Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. As an industrial designer, his reach is broad and diverse, from concept jets and cars to watches, footwear, luggage, and aircraft interiors. Since the outset of his career, he has also produced beautifully crafted, limited-edition furniture, including the now-iconic Lockheed Lounge (1986). In a world where the distinctions between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred Newson is a trailblazer, having pursued parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than twenty years.
Marc Newson was born in Sydney, Australia in 1963 and studied sculpture and jewelry design at Sydney College of the Arts. Newson lives and works in New York and Paris. Parallel to his career as an industrial designer, he has exhibited limited edition works and projects in galleries and public institutions since 1986, including Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris (1995, 2004); Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2001); the Groninger Museum, Netherlands (2004); and London Design Museum (2004–05). His work is included in the permanent collections of institutions throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Newson has received numerous awards, commendations and honorary doctorates throughout his career. In 2005, he was selected as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year. In 2010, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. Newson had his first solo exhibition with Gagosian Gallery was in New York in 2007. An extensive monograph of Newson’s work to date was published by Taschen in 2010.