The thing that has always driven me as a designer is feeling pissed off by the shitty stuff around me and wanting to make it better.

Marc Newson

Champion 100

Champion 100 celebrates the collecting philosophy of George Champion. With more than 25 years in the field, Champion has cultivated a reputation for assembling works across a broad range of styles and movements. He explains: “I collect what I like—as long as it’s good design.” 

From the very beginning, George was focused on finding the best examples of any given design. His father, who worked in manufacturing and industrial design, instilled in George a robust appreciation for precision, quality and innovation at an early age.

His first foray into the world of collecting was with Shaker furniture. Drawn to the clean, unadorned lines and practicality of Shaker style, it was only natural that George soon transitioned to collecting midcentury modern works, endeavoring to find the most original or iconic representations of a form be it Mies van der Rohe’s white leather Barcelona chairs for Knoll or 50th Anniversary, rosewood LCWs by Charles and Ray Eames.

His passion for design extends well beyond the historical to the contemporary, rare and unusual. Since the 1980s, George has traveled each year to Milan to attend the Salone de Mobile and satellite fairs to view present day design innovations. He fervently follows the production of Cappellini because he believes Giulio Cappellini has been the most receptive to providing opportunities to new, up-and-coming designers. It is from the Cappellini Showroom in New York, "where the company sends its best stuff", that George has acquired many original and exceptional designs including Oki Sato’s (nendo) Tent desk.

Finally, George is also interested in the designers themselves and he has met many of the designers whose works he collects. From asking Ettore Sottsass, Keith Haring, or Philippe Starck to sign works within his collection, to purchasing works from Gaetano Pesce directly, George is wholly invested in the world of design. Design is his passion, his interest and his livelihood. 

Champion 100 is the first in a series of auctions in which Wright collaborates with a collector to present a curated selection of 100 works from their personal collection highlighting their design philosophy. George Champion is a collector and dealer located in Woodbury, Connecticut. 

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.

Auction Results Marc Newson

MARC NEWSON, Important and unique desk from Syn Studios, Tokyo |

Marc Newson

Important and unique desk from Syn Studios, Tokyo

estimate: $200,000–300,000
result: $515,000
MARC NEWSON, Event Horizon table |

Marc Newson

Event Horizon table

estimate: $200,000–300,000
result: $215,000
MARC NEWSON, Micarta table |

Marc Newson

Micarta table

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $143,000
MARC NEWSON, Low Voronoi Shelf |

Marc Newson

Low Voronoi Shelf

estimate: $90,000–120,000
result: $106,250
MARC NEWSON, Mystery clock |

Marc Newson

Mystery clock

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $77,500
MARC NEWSON, Nickel surfboard |

Marc Newson

Nickel surfboard

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $62,500
MARC NEWSON, prototype Nickel Surfboard |

Marc Newson

prototype Nickel Surfboard

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $60,000
MARC NEWSON, Small Lathed Table |

Marc Newson

Small Lathed Table

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $50,000
MARC NEWSON, Embryo settee |

Marc Newson

Embryo settee

estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $45,600
MARC NEWSON, Hourglass (10 minute), model HGS10 |

Marc Newson

Hourglass (10 minute), model HGS10

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $43,750
MARC NEWSON, chairs from the Coast restaurant, pair |

Marc Newson

chairs from the Coast restaurant, pair

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $43,200
MARC NEWSON, set of five Bucky lounge chairs from the Fondation Cartier, Paris |

Marc Newson

set of five Bucky lounge chairs from the Fondation Cartier, Paris

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $33,600
MARC NEWSON, Rare Strelka flatware |

Marc Newson

Rare Strelka flatware

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $32,500
MARC NEWSON, Important and early chair |

Marc Newson

Important and early chair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $27,500
MARC NEWSON, Komed chairs, set of six |

Marc Newson

Komed chairs, set of six

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $25,000
MARC NEWSON, Early Hourglass (10 minute), model HGS10 |

Marc Newson

Early Hourglass (10 minute), model HGS10

estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $23,750