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was born 1963 in sydney, australia.
he is one of the world’s most accomplished and influential self-taught
architect and designer.
1984 he graduated at the sydney college of the arts in jewellery and
sculpture. in 1986 he was awarded a grant from the australian crafts
council, and staged a first exhibition - featuring the lockheed lounge -
at the roslyn oxley gallery in sydney.
1987 newson moved to tokyo, where he lived and worked to 1991.
teruo kurosaki's company, idée, manufactured such pieces as the
'orgone lounge', 'black hole' table and 'felt' chair, which were widely
exhibited in asia and europe.
1991 newson set up a studio in paris in 1991, started to work for italian
manufacturers - for flos (for lighting), and for cappellini (furniture).
in 1997 newson moved to london, where he and his partner benjamin
de haan set up marc newson ltd.
as a larger studio capable of tackling more ambitious industrial projects.
newson has had a prolific, international career and is something
of a phenomenon.
many of his furniture, lighting, glassware and household object designs
have already achieved a culturally significant status, with design
curators from moma, sfmoma, vitra design museum and london's
design museum snatching them up for their permanent collections.
his work has also infiltrated the ultra-hip world of pop culture,
appearing in madonna's videos, austin powers film and many other
(see also the designboom portrait of marc newson
designboom met marc newson
in milan on april 9, 2003.
db: describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
I don't even know if there are any good friends that could describe,
stylistically what I do. I've never heard anyone describe, what I do, umm,
very well. but (cough) it...
my aim is not... I don't...it's just so hard stylistically to kind of classify
what I do. I just dont think there is any..., sometimes it's round,
sometimes it's less round... sometimes it's colors.
the point is with my design, with what I do, whether it's design or
whether it's art, because I do everything from designing airplane interiors,
which is like on one level really pure engineering
(ok theres a bit of design there, but it's mostly engineering).
on the other end of the spectrum, I'm designing sculptures,
things like the lockheed lounge, there's a whole lot of limited edition
pieces that I designed that are being sold at auctions, and things like that...
... now that's my fantasy, that's my pure... emotion just running wild.
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