Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

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Biography: the man before the myth

 

Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduation, was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council with which he staged his first exhibition – featuring the Lockheed Lounge – a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.

Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world – from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector. Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients and have achieved the status of modern design icons. In addition to his core business, he has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.

He is married with two children.

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Background & Realizations: the projects

 

Newson designed the Lever House Restaurant & Bar in New York in 2002 and the Canteen, also in New York, in 1999. In 2005 he designed the reception, meeting rooms, and the 6th floor of the Hotel Puerta America in Madrid, where each floor is designed by a world-renowned architect or designer.

He was selected as the artistic director for the 2011 Sydney New Year’s Eve fire work display

 

Objects he has designed include:

 

  • MN bicycles for Biomegain 1999
  • TrekArt Bike for Lance Armstrong LiveStrong (2009)
  • Ford 021Cconcept car for the Ford Motor Company in 1999
  • Qantasfirst class lounges in Melbourne and Sydney
  • QantasSkybed business class seat and Airbus A380 economy class seat, winner of the 2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year
  • Cabin design for the Sky Jet (2007), an airline/rocketship (by EADS Astrium) planning to take passengers into space from 2012.
  • RivaAquariva speedboat (announced in 2010, limited edition of 22 units)
  • QantasA330 business class suites in 2013
  • Cookware for Tefal
  • Items for Alessi
  • Glass for Iittala
  • Clothes for the clothing company G-Star Raw
  • Timepieces for freelance companies
  • Kelvin 40 concept plane as a personal project[20]
  • Pentax K-01 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (2012)
  • Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram Backpack (2014)
  • Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition (2015)
  • Decanter design for Hennessy’s new Cognac, James Hennessy (2015)

 

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All creators together (special project / partnerships)

 

Marc Newson developed the Apple Watch with his old friend — and new boss — Jonathan Ive.

 

Apple announced that Newson had joined its design team last September, when the watch and the iPhone 6 were unveiled at the firm’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. But he had already been working with Ive on watches. ‘It started long before the launch of the Apple Watch,’ he says with an Australian twang.

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Three years ago he and Ive collaborated to create a customised Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watch for an auction of their favourite objects to raise funds for RED, the charity set up by U2’s Bono to fight AIDS. It was Ive’s first watch but one of many for Newson. In the 1990s, he founded a company called Ikepod that made a few thousand watches. Ikepod and the Jaeger-LeCoultre collaboration ‘led Jony to the conclusion that it might be a good thing to get me involved on the Apple Watch,’ says Newson.

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See also: Top Interior Designers | Jeff Andrews

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Inspirational quotes by Marc Newson

 

“Frankly speaking, the design industry is really pathetic in terms of how it approaches manufacturing and how it brings things to market,”

 

“I’m obsessed with really good quality tools”

 

“The world of industrial design has an enormous amount to learn from the fashion industry”

 

Talent is a heritage

 

Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was appointed The Royal Designer for Industry in the UK, received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University, holds Adjunct Professorships at Sydney College of the Arts and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and most recently was created CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25% of the total contemporary design art market.

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Newson has been the focus of on-going and intense interest in the media, generating significant editorial value for his clients, and he has been the subject of a number of books and documentary films.

See also: Top Interior Designers | Marcel Wanders

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The Creator’s Choice

 

Design Awards

2014
Good Design Award Australia
Good Design of the Year
Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Sanitaryware and Tapware Range

Good Design Award Australia
Good Design Selection, Architecture and Interiors Category
Stormtech Slimline Linear Drain 64MND

Design Hall of Fame, Design Institute Australia
For services to Design in Australia

German Design Award 2014 Special Mention
Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Sanitaryware and Tapware Range

Wallpaper Design Award
Bumper Bed by Marc Newson for Domeau & Pérès

2013
Collab Design Excellence Award 2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

China Home Trends Award 2013
Magis Bunky

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Museum Collections

Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria,
Melbourne, Australia

Powerhouse Museum,
Sydney, Australia

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain,
Paris, France

Fond National d’Art Contemporain,
Puteaux, France

Musée des Arts Décoratifs,
Paris, France

Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou,
Paris, France

Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Museum of Applied Arts
Frankfurt, Germany

MAKK Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Museum of Applied Arts
Cologne, Germany

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013-14
Marc Newson: At Home
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

2010
Marc Newson
Gagosian Gallery, New York NY, USA

2008
Marc Newson
Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

2007
Marc Newson
Gagosian Gallery, New York NY, USA

2004-05
Marc Newson
Design Museum, London, UK

 

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