Thursday, November 19, 2009


Australian born industrial designer Marc Newson (1963 - ) is known for his biomorphic aesthetic. Although prolific in areas of aircraft, jewelry, product, clothing, and interior design, our post today spotlights his furniture designs. The smooth flowing style and absence of sharp edges was categorically acknowledged in a New York Times magazine article “entitled “Smooth Move” where Newson describes his 1988 Embryo chair as "one of the first pieces where I hit upon a discernible style”. Certainly a career pinnacle and tribute for Newson was when one of his 1985 Lockheed Lounge designs made of impressed “Basecraft Sydney” aluminum sheets, blind rivets and fiberglass sold at Christies for a whopping $1,515,713. USD, October 2007; the design was number 7 in a series of 10. Many of Newson’s designs are produced by companies Cappellini, Magis, Moroso, Idee and Meritalia (portals below). On occasion vintage designs can be sourced on 1stdibs or at premier auction houses.

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Lockheed Lounge produced by Marc Newson (top)
Embryo chair for Cappellini (2nd)
Wicker chair for Idee (3rd)
Prosciutto sofa for Meritalia (4th)
Wooden chair for Cappellini (bottom)

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