Post 2 – Sitting Pretty, Marc Newson

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Post 2 – Marc Newson

Marc Andrew Newson is an Australian architectural, influential designer of our generation, he was born in Sydney, Australia on the 20th of October 1963. Marc graduated in 1984 at the Sydney College of the Arts in jewellery and sculpture.

Two years later, 1986, he staged a first exhibition featuring the Lockheed Lounge, through a grant he was awarded to from the Australian Crafts Council.

Through his designs, Marc incorporates a design called Biomorphism; this type of style uses smooth flowing lines, translucency, and transparency and tends to avoid/keep away from sharp edges.

In 1987, he moved to Tokyo where he lived and worked until then, where he then moved to Paris and set up a studio in 1991.

He then moved to London in 1997 where he and his partner Benjamin De Haan set up Marc Newson Ltd. Where Marc first studied at the Sydney College of the Arts, he is currently adjunct professor in Design.

In Time’s Magazine, in 2005 Marc Newson was selected as one of the top 100 most influential people of the year. In 2012 New Year Honours for services to Design, Newson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Amongst the highest selling works in auctions, Marc Newson work is with the highest selling works, as one of his three Lockheed Lounge Chairs sold for $968,000 at Sotheby’s in 2006 and an auction at Phillips De Pury & Company, £1,100,000 in 2009.


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