Modern Design /20 March 2005

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Marc Newson

Wicker lounge chair
Idee
Australia, 1988
handwoven wicker and steel
26½ w × 36 d × 29 h in (67 × 91 × 74 cm)

Newson traveled to Thailand in the late 1980s and developed the woven version of his famous lounge chair. Newson states "I thought of this really beautiful shape and went out to the factory in the countryside, full of oxen, to make it. Each one took four hundred man hours of work." Literature: Marc Newson, Booth-Clibborn, fig. 60

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $17,000

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Marc Newson b. 1964

Born in Sydney in 1963, Marc Newson spent his childhood traveling in Europe and Asia. His mother took a job working for a leading Australian architecture firm, exposing Newson to design at early age. He attended Sydney College of the Arts to study jewelry and sculpture, graduating in 1984. Newson was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council to stage his first exhibition where he presented his Lockheed Lounge Chair that would be purchased by the National Gallery of Southern Australia. Newson moved to Tokyo in 1989 where he met the owner of Idée, Teuro Kurosaki with whom he would produce numerous designs for over the years. From Tokyo, Newson moved to Paris before settling in London and opening his own design studio, Marc Newson Ltd. Not one to be categorized, Newson has designed cars, jets, and watches in addition to his iconic furniture. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His work is housed in the collections of several major museums around the globe including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. 

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