Marc Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. As an industrial designer, his reach is broad and diverse, from concept jets and cars to watches, footwear, luggage, and aircraft interiors. Since the outset of his career, he has also produced beautifully crafted, limited-edition furniture, including the now-iconic Lockheed Lounge (1986). In a world where the distinctions between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred, Newson is a trailblazer, having pursued parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than twenty years.
Newson was born in 1963 in Sydney. He graduated in 1984 from Sydney College of the Arts. Newson’s work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including 150 Years of International Design, Vitra Design Museum, Berlin (1993); Sièges en Vedette, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland (1994); 13 After Memphis, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany (1995); Blend Collection, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1996, traveled to Design Museum, London); Marc Newson, Jasper Morrison and Michael Young: Design, Reykjavík Art Museum—Kjarvalsstadir (1999); Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2001); Design Museums of the World, Neues Museum, Berlin (2003); The Incredible Elastic Chairs of Samuel Gragg, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Delaware (2004); Big Bang: Destruction et création dans l’art du XXe siècle, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005); Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006); Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2013); and Make Yourself Comfortable, Chatsworth House, England (2015). Recent solo shows include Bucky: De la chimie au design, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1995); Design Works, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2001); Kelvin 40, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2004); Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2004); Design Museum, London (2004); and At Home, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2013).
Newson lives and works in London.
Toyo Ito, Marc Newson, and Koji Yanai
The Tokyo Toilet project has added twelve new public restrooms by renowned architects and designers to the city’s map since 2020, with five more scheduled to open in 2022. To learn more about the initiative, the Quarterly spoke with founder Koji Yanai and two of the participating designers, Toyo Ito and Marc Newson.
Marc Newson and Derek Blasberg
Marc Newson tells Derek Blasberg about his newest creations, explaining the backstory of these ornate works.
Behind the Art
In this video, Marc Newson provides an overview of his latest exhibition. He details the various technical processes behind his new designs, including works in cloisonné, surfboards, swords, and large-scale glass chairs.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019
The Spring 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Red Pot with Lute Player #2 by Jonas Wood on its cover.
July 5–September 10, 2022
Gagosian Shop, London
Marc Newson is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade. Newson will showcase large-scale cloisonné furniture alongside pieces in various forms of glass that push the boundaries of the medium. Included are his Magnolia chair (2019) and cloisonné lounge, which adapt the ancient craft of Chinese enamel, aluminum surfboards, a cast glass chair, and a table from the Murrina series. The presentation coincides with the launch of a recently published catalogue that documents Newson’s intensive manufacturing process.
Also available are personalized iPhone cases from the artist’s collaboration with cult brand Chaos. The Marc Newson × Chaos collection is inspired by Newson’s enameling techniques and features motifs such as his signature amoebic “orgone” pattern.
For the first month, Gagosian Shop will present dresses by Alaïa—the fashion house founded by designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017)—inspired by Picasso’s Tanagra ceramics. Alaïa was a longtime friend and collaborator of Newson’s.
Marc Newson takeover at the Gagosian Shop, London, 2022. Artwork © Marc Newson. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
FIAC Online 2021
March 2–12, 2021
Gagosian is pleased to present Printemps oublié for the first online edition of FIAC. This curated presentation reflects the dual character of springtime as a reminder of past trials and the harbinger of a vibrant new season to come.
All the artworks will appear on the Gagosian website and a rotating selection will appear in the inaugural FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, from March 4 to 7.
Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 4pm
Gagosian, Hong Kong
Gagosian Senior Director Han-I Wang will lead a tour of Marc Newson’s first exhibition of limited-edition furniture in China. This presentation explores Newson’s use of increasingly rare decorative processes at an unconventionally large, even unprecedented, scale, as well as his curiosity with the streamlined, simple beauty of Asian art and design. From cloisonné to cast glass chairs to Aikuchi swords, Wang will take a closer look at how the artist blurs the boundaries between sculpture, furniture, and the decorative arts. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Marc Newson, Cloisonné Yellow Chair, 2017 © Marc Newson
Our Lives in Tubes
April 21–December 30, 2018
FRAC Grand Large—Hauts-de-France, Dunkirk, France
Tubology: Our Lives in Tubes offers a totally new reading of the FRAC Grand Large collection from the 1960s up to the present day, and speculates about the prerequisites for rendering art and design relevant to a society mutating at high speed. Work by Marc Newson and Taryn Simon is included.
Taryn Simon, Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room, National Center for Natural Products Research, Oxford, Mississippi, 2007 © Taryn Simon