Marc Newson Chair at the Power House Museum
Marc Newson Chair at the Power House Museum, Sydney (Image – J.Merlino 2016)

Marc Newson is a Sydney-born designer and is one of the most accomplished and innovative designers of recent times having being named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Born in Sydney in 1963, Newson spent alot of his childhood traveling 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. Newson was able to staged his first exhibition with the grant which featured the Lockheed Lounge.  One of his three Lockheed Lounge chairs (Pictured) sold for $968,000 at Sotheby’s in 2006. He has designed chairs, watches, boats, cutlery, footwear, clothing, luggage and sunglasses amongst others. His work has become among the highest selling in auctions. Newson’s distinctive and curvilinear designs have attracted an international following.

In September 2014 he was hired to work in the creative heart of Apple under the company’s design guru and friend Jony Ive. In an interview with magazine Vanity Fair, Ive said “Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation. He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalise our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective.”

Marc Newson graduated from the Sydney College of the Arts in the mid 1980s, then created innovative designs for the Japanese company Idèe. He later worked in Paris, Milan and London, and has been based in London since 1997.
A talented and versatile designer, Newson has been described as futuristic, sexy, witty and original. He crosses the boundaries between architecture, industrial design, product design and graphic design. He has designed everything from furniture to coat hangers, from building interiors to an airline, and from a bicycle to car!

Embryo Chair by Marc Newson
Embryo chair –
Marc Newson -
Marc Newson

Further reading available

Rawsthorn, Alice (2000) Marc Newson, Booth-Clibborn Edition, London.

Lawson, Bryan (2000) How designers think: the design process demystified, Architectural Press, UK