I wish that time could be looked at, and that it was more philosophical. Time is now so binary and we talk in minutes and seconds.

Marc Newson

Two small spheres magically travel two concentric circles on the face of Marc Newson’s Mystery Clock. For this minimal but functional timepiece, Newson devised a system to magnetically move the markers and keep time. The clock was intended to be produced in an edition of 20 to be distributed by Idée. The present lot is one of approximately six known examples; another example can be found in the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Australia. 

Newson's Mystery clock in an Idée shop catalog

Marc Newson

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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