Mark Newson


Designer Profile

Marc Newson

Born in Sydney, Australia, Newson spent his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia, before studying jewelry and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduating in 1984, was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council, and staged an exhibition - featuring the Lockhead Lounge- at the Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney.

Marc Newson has worked across a wide range of disciplines to create everything from chairs, household objects, a bicycle and a concept car to restaurants, a recording studio and interiors of private and commercial jets, for clients based in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. He designed a series of restaurants ? Coast in London, Manchester's Mash & Air and Osman in Cologne - the interior of Syn, a Tokyo recording studio.

After living and working in Japan for Idee creating amazing designs, Newson set up a studio in Paris in 1991, and won commissions from prestigious European manufacturers including Flos for lighting, Cappellini and Moroso for furniture. He formed a joint venture, the Ikepod Watch Company, to manufacture the watches he designed, and produced limited editions of aluminum furniture including the Event Horizon Table and Orgone Chair.

In 1997, Newson moved to London, where he set up Marc Newson Ltd as a larger studio capable of tackling more ambitious industrial projects. He has since designed mass manufactured glassware for Iittala, kitchen and bathroom accessories for Alessi, furniture and household objects for Magis and B&B Italia. Newson has also designed numerous aircraft interiors such as a Falcon 900B private jet, bicycles for Denmark's Biomega company and a concept car, the 021C for Ford.

Newson's designs are part of most major permanent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, London's Design Museum, Musee national d'Art moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Newson is Adjunct Professor in Design at Sydney College of the Arts.