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Born 1963 Sydney, Australia.

1984 graduated from the Sydney College of the Arts, in jewellery and sculpture design.

1986 awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council, and staged a first exhibition - featuring the Lockheed lounge - at the Roslyn Oxley gallery in Sydney. Designed first of the Pod series of watches.

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. For Idée he also created the charlotte chair and super guppy lamp.

1988 wood chair for house of fiction exhibition, Sydney. Designed embryo chair for powerhouse museum, Sydney. Designed Andoni shop interior, Sydney. Received grant from visual arts board, Australia Council. Marc Newson exhibition, idée, Tokyo. Designed black hole table, Tokyo.

1989 designed pod bar interior, Tokyo. Designed Orgone fibreglass chair and lounge, Sydney first exhibition, Milan furniture fair.

1990 designed carbon fibre mystery clock. Designed felt chair and wicker chair and lounge series, idée, Tokyo

1991 Newson set up a studio in Paris in 1991, started to work for Cappellini, Flos and Moroso. He formed a joint venture, the Ikepod watch company, to manufacture the watches he designed, and produced limited editions of aluminium furniture including the event horizon table and Orgone chair. Marc Newson exhibition, VIA, Paris.

1992 moved to paris. designed shiseido men's toiletries range, paris. interiors of hysterie and skoda boutiques, germany. visiting professor at the instituto europeo del design, milan, italy. visiting professor, vitra design museum summer workshop, germany.

1993 awarded ‘créateur de l'année', salon du meuble, paris. presentation of gluon chair and TV chair and table for moroso. madonna rain video featuring the lockheed lounge.
presentation of helice lamp for flos. limited edition orgone aluminium chair and lounge, paris.

1994 development of new products for alessi. designed gello table for 3 suisses.
formation of Ikepod, switzerland with oliver Ike; development of seaslug watch.

1995 designed interior of coast restaurant, london. marc newson: bucky installation, fondation cartier, paris.

1996 designed hemipode watch. designed interior of syn recording studio, tokyo.
designed interior of komed restaurant, cologne.

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.
for belgian designer, walter van beirendonck's streetwear label W<, retail units, paris.
marc newson exhibition, villa de noailles, france. designed dishdoctor and rock doorstop for magis.

1998 designed Io table for B&B italia. designed glassware for iittala, finland.

1999 designed falcon 900B business jet, london. designed MNO1 aluminium bicycle, biomega, denmark. marc newson, monograph, booth-clibborn editions, london. designed ford 021C concept car.

2000-2001 designed hair care products, vidal sassoon, new york. llama apartments project, brisbane, australia. designed interior of lever bar, new york. design work for nike, idée-sputnik. release of miniature lockheed lounge, vitra, germany. in november, 2000, syn established a partnership with marc newson, to develop products for the japanese market.

His distinctive, curvilinear designs are often described as futuristic, sexy, witty and original. Newson's philosophy, the tongue-in-cheek names, he gives his works such as 'bucky', 'super guppy', makes his pieces desirable all over the world. Many of his furniture, lighting, glassware and household object designs have already achieved a culturally significant status, with design curators from MOMA, SF MOMA, 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 films and many other movie sets.

A thoroughly contemporary lounge chair with anthropomorphous qualities, Newson's creation recalls a time when full, soft bodies were all the rage. His steel imitates the torso's contours and curves, which doesn't, however, equal high comfort. In fact, the chair almost demands a sitter with the same body as the one pressed into steel-- one with lots of extra padding.
Newson is a child star of the design world. Shortly after graduation from the Sydney College of Art, where he studied jewelry and sculpture, Newson fashioned an ode to the American aircraft manufacturer Lockheed, and earned the respect of design giants like Philippe Starck and Ron Arad. Composed of fiberglass-reinforced plastic, the "Lockheed Lounge" (1985-86) features torso-curves that extend naturally into little rubber-tipped legs. The chaise's surface consists of aluminum sheets sewn together with blind rivets, like an airplane fuselage.
With the support of Japanese designer Tentuo Kurosaki's company Idée, Newson continued to create streamlined seating, like the "Orgone" and "Alufelt" chairs. And through a 1995 commission from the Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation in Paris, Newson designed the interactive installation "Bucky," an arrangement of low, soft-seeming chairs shaped and hued like gummy bears. Two years later, the designer moved to London where he founded Marc Newson, Ltd., with Benjamin De Haan. The firm designs interiors, glassware, watches and, of course, chairs and such.
From '30s torso sculptures by Jean Arp and Karl Hartung to the biomorphic kitschy structures of the '50s, Newson's influences are widespread. Distorting natural forms for decorative purposes, he has encouraged hoards of Modernist utilitarians to redecorate


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