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Lived/Active: England/Australia      Known for: modernist industrial design-furniture, vehicles, interiors, teaching

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Prototype "Lockheed Lounge", 1988
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Marc Newson (born 1963) was born in Sydney, Australia. Now based in London, he is a successful industrial designer who works in aircraft design, product design, furniture design, jewellery, and clothing. He incorporates a design style known as biomorphism to his various designs. This style uses smooth flowing lines, translucency, transparency and tends to have an absence of sharp edges.

He is of Greek origins on his mother's side.  He married Charlotte Stockdale in 2008 and has two children.

In 1984 Newson 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. The following year he moved to Tokyo, where he lived and worked until he moved to Paris in 1991 where he set up a studio.

In 1997 he moved to London, where he and his partner Benjamin de Haan set up Marc Newson Ltd and still has a house in Paris. He is currently adjunct professor in design at Sydney College of the Arts (where he first studied sculpture and jewellery) and is the creative director for Qantas.  He co-founded and owns the Ikepod watch company.

He describes his 1988 Embryo Chair as "one of the first pieces where I hit upon a discernible style." In 2005, he was selected as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of the year.

Every year he races one of his four vintage sports cars - an Aston Martin, a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Cisitalia, in the Italian Mille Miglia and was quoted as saying: "I'm not a motor head, I don't like the new versions of any of those cars."

Objects he has designed include:

The MN bicycles for Biomega in 1999
Trek Art Bike for Lance Amstrong LiveStrong (2009)
The Ford 021C Concept Car for the Ford Motor Company in 1999
The Qantas first class lounges in Melbourne and Sydney
The Qantas 'Skybed' business class seat and Airbus 380 Economy Class Seat, winner of the  2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year
Cabin design for the 'Sky Jet' (2007), an airline/rocketship (by EADS Astrium) planning to take passengers into space from 2012.
Riva Aquariva speedboat (announced in 2010, limited edition of 22 units)

Lockheed Lounge chair
Lockheed Lounge (designed in 1986 shortly after he graduated from school and one of the items that established Newson as a designer)
Chop Top table
New range for Smeg (appliances) in 2009-2010
Furniture for Cappellini
Ikepod watches
A collection of fittings and a sink for Ideal Standard in 2003
A Magnum Presentation Set for Dom Perignon in 2006 and 2010 Black Box
The Dish Doctor for Magis in 1997
The Scope series of bags for Samsonite
The Atmos 561 and 566 Clocks for Jaeger LeCoultre
Cookware for Tefal
Items for Alessi
Clothes for the clothing company G-Star Raw
Timepieces for freelance companies
Kelvin 40 concept plane as a personal project

Newson designed the Lever House Restaurant & Bar in New York in 2002 and the Canteen, also in New York, in 1999. In 2005 he designed the interiors of the Hotel Puerta America in Madrid.
He was selected as the artistic director for the 2011 Sydney New Year's Eve fire work display.


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