Marc Newson, Lockheed Lounge, 1985, aluminum and fiberglass, 35 × 25 × 60 inches (89 × 63.5 × 152.5 cm), edition of 10
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 1963 in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in 1984 from Sydney College of the Arts, Australia. Newson’s work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including “150 years of international design,” Vitra Design Museum, Berlin (1993); “Sièges en Vedette,” Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Switzerland (1994); “13 After Memphis,” Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt (1995); “Blend Collection,” Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1996, traveled to Design Museum, London); “Marc Newson, Jasper Morrison and Michael Young: Design,” Reykjavik Art Museum—Kjarvalsstadir, Iceland (1999); “Aluminum by design: Jewelry to Jets,” Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2001); “Design Museums of the world,” Neues Museum, Germany (2003); “The Amazing Chairs of Samuel Gragg,” Winterthur Museum, Switzerland (2004); “Big Bang: Destruction et Création dans l’art du XXE Siècle,” Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005); “Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006); “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2013); and “Make Yourself Comfortable,” Chatsworth House, England (2015). Recent solo shows include “Bucky: de la chimie au design,” Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1995); “Design Works,” Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2001); “Kelvin 40,” Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2004); Groninger Museum, The Netherlands (2004); Design Museum, London (2004); and “At Home,” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (2013).
Newson currently lives and works in London, England.