Marc Newson

Biography

Marc Newson has been described as one of the most influential designers of his generation. He has worked across an extremely wide range of disciplines, and his clients include some of the best-known and most prestigious brands in the world spanning diverse sectors from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion, and the luxury goods sector.

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1963, Newson has lived and worked in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris, and presently resides in London where his company, Marc Newson Limited, has been based since 1997. He has had ongoing collaborations with brands such as Apple, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Hermès, Nike, Hennessy, Dom Pérignon, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Beretta to name a few. As well as overseeing his own company, he has held senior positions at clients’ companies, having been Creative Director of Qantas Airways from 2005-2015, and Designer for Special Projects at Apple since his first involvement in the design of the ‘Apple Watch’ (2014).  

Marc Newson graduated from Sydney University in 1986 and with the aid of an Australian Crafts Council grant staged his first solo exhibition at the age of 23. The exhibition featured his ‘Lockheed Lounge’, a riveted aluminium chaise longue, that has arguably become one of the most iconic contemporary design works. Some 30 years later, it has set four world record prices at auction for work created by a living designer. His design pieces remain highly sought after on the secondary market and by 2010 accounted for 24% of total auction sales in the category for Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips.

Marc is the only designer represented by the Gagosian Gallery, and leading museums around the world have hosted solo retrospective exhibitions of his work (see below.)

Additionally, his work is presented in the permanent collections of many major museums including: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Design Museum (London), V&A Museum (London), Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Vitra Design Museum (Germany), Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne). He has recently been appointed Chair of the London Design Museum’s International Design Council.

As a long-term, and on-going, supporter of the charity (RED), Marc co-curated with Sir Jonathan Ive a design auction in 2013 which raised a staggering $46 million (USD) for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Marc Newson has been included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and has received numerous awards and distinctions. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Sydney University, Adjunct Professorships at Sydney University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and was appointed RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) by the Royal Society of Arts.  In 2012, he was awarded CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Newson’s work has been featured in countless books and publications and there are three monographs to date including the encyclopaedic ‘Marc Newson Works’ published by Taschen (2012). He has been the subject of various radio and television programmes including an interview on PBS on Charlie Rose (2010), BBC’s Imagine ‘Marc Newson Urban Spaceman’ (2008), Objects of Desire on Sky Arts, and ‘Objectified’, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit.

Design Awards

2017

The Design Prize
Salone del Mobile Milan
Lifetime achievement Award

2016

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016
Montblanc M

The DFNI Americas Awards for travel-retail excellence
Best New product Launch
Moet Hennessy James Hennessy

2015

GQ Man of the Year Awards: Creative Icon

2014

Good Design Award Australia
Good Design of the Year
Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Sanitaryware and Tapware Range

Good Design Award Australia
Good Design Selection, Architecture and Interiors Category
Stormtech Slimline Linear Drain 64MND

Design Hall of Fame, Design Institute Australia
For services to Design in Australia

German Design Award 2014 Special Mention
Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Sanitaryware and Tapware Range

Wallpaper Design Award
Bumper Bed by Marc Newson for Domeau & Pérès

2013

Collab Design Excellence Award 2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

China Home Trends Award 2013
Magis Bunky

2012

German Design Award 2013 Gold Prize
Pentax K-01

Red Dot Design Award
Pentax K-01

2011

Lucky Strike Designer Award, Germany
Lifetime Achievement

2010

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Smeg Ovens & Hobs

The Lifetime Achievement Award
The Design Awards, UK

2009

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Qantas A380 First Suite

Australian Design Award,
Australia Standards, Overall Winner,
Qantas A380

Australian Design Award,
Australia Standards, Qantas,
A380 Economy Seat

Conde Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Award,
Aviation,
Qantas A380

Wallpaper Design Award,
Smeg Ovens & Hobs

2008

Man of the Year Award,
for Design, GQ Germany

London Design Medal,
London Design Festival

Skytrax World Airline Award,
Best First Class Lounge,
Qantas, Sydney

Australian International Design Awards,
Furniture Lighting Public Space category,
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney

2007

The LEAF International Interior Design Award,
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney

Australian Travel Innovator Award,
Travel+Leisure Australia magazine

2006

Designer of the Year Award,
Design Miami/ Basel

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Samsonite Scope luggage range

Red Dot: Best of the Best Design Award,
Samsonite Scope luggage range

2005

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Talby mobile phone

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Zvezdochka shoe

SIFA Awards, Berlin,
G-Star collection

Design & Decoration Awards,
best bathroom product, UK,
Ideal Standard bathroom

Product Innovation Award,
Bathroom & Kitchen Magazine, UK,
Ideal Standard taps

Classic Design Awards,
Homes & Gardens with V & A Museum, UK,
Ideal Standard Newson Basin Mixer

Time Out Awards
NY Reader’s choice, Best New Restaurant Design
The Lever House

L’Observateur du Design award, Paris
a Star for Tefal cookery range

2004

Good Design Award (G Mark),
JIDPO, Japan
Talby mobile phone

ADI Compasso d’Oro Award,
Italy Honourable Mention
Strelka cutlery

2003

Australian Design Award,
Qantas Skybed

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Skybed Business class seat Qantas Airways

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
Ideal Standard Marc Newson bathroom

Elle Decoration Design Awards, UK,
Ideal Standard Newson Bath

2001

The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, USA,
DH1 door handle

Short-listed for the Selfridges Design Award, UK

2000

Compasso D’Oro Award,
X1X Premio, Italy,
ADI for SYGMA coat hook

Design Innovationen 2000,
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany,
Hemipode “Grande Date” HD 03,1999

Red Dot Design Awards, Germany,
Hemipod Watch “Grande Date” HD03, 1999

1999

Concept Car Design Award,
Tokyo Motor Show,
Ford 021C

Sydney Design Convention Award,
Issue of Australian stamp

Red Dot Design Award: product design, Germany,
Embryo chair

The George Nelson Design Award, USA

1998

Top 50 Designers Award
I.D. Magazines

1993

Prix du créateur de l’année du salon du meuble,
Paris, France

1984

Australian Crafts Council Award

Solo exhibitions

2013–14

Marc Newson: At Home
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

2010

Marc Newson
Gagosian Gallery, New York NY, USA

2008

Marc Newson
Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

2007

Marc Newson
Gagosian Gallery, New York NY, USA

2004–05

Marc Newson
Design Museum, London, UK

2004

Marc Newson
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands

Kelvin40
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France

Marc Newson
Galerie Kréo, Paris, France

2003

Marc Newson
Galerie Kréo, Paris, France

2001

Marc Newson: Design Works
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

2000

Marc Newson
Galerie Kréo, Paris, France

1999

Marc Newson
McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, UK

1997

Marc Newson
Villa de Noailles, Hyères,France

1995

Bucky: de la chimie au design
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemportain, Paris, France

1994

Wormhole
Internos Bis, Milan, Italy

1993

Raum & Form
Galerie Artificial, Nuremberg, Germany

Marc Newson
Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

1991

Marc Newson
VIA, Paris, France

Marc Newson
C&Bi Interior, Stockholm, Sweden

1990

Fresh produce by Marc Newson
Gold & Idée, Tokyo, Japan

1988

Works of Marc Newson
Idée, Tokyo, Japan

1986

Seating for six
Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia