Marc Newson

Biography

Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduation, was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council with which he staged his first exhibition - featuring the Lockheed Lounge – a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.

Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world - from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector. Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients and have achieved the status of modern design icons. In addition to his core business, he has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.

Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was appointed The Royal Designer for Industry in the UK, received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University, holds Adjunct Professorships at Sydney College of the Arts and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and most recently was created CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25% of the total contemporary design art market.

Newson has been the focus of on-going and intense interest in the media, generating significant editorial value for his clients, and he has been the subject of a number of books and documentary films.

He is married with two children.

Design Awards

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