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Marc Newson

Australia — b. 1963

Biography

Marc Newson is the most acclaimed and 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. 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...

Marc Newson is the most acclaimed and 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. 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. He is currently the Brand Ambassador for Qantas Airways and Designer for Special Projects at Apple.

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 in 2012 was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen. His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, Lon­don’s Design Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, the Centre 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 market. Newson has been the focus of on-going and intense interest in the media, generating signifi­cant editorial value for his clients, and has been the subject of a number of books and docu­mentary films.

Photo credits: © Jorn Tomter

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