A Marc of all Trades
Marc Newson’s broad range of designs
Text: Jeffrey Ying Photos: Marc Newson
It really isn’t that surprising that Marc Newson was recently hired as Senior Vice President of Design. Him and Jony Ive are close friends and Newson’s rounded minimal but detail oriented design ethos meshes quite well with Apple’s corporate aesthetic.
A prolific designer who has worked on everything from champagne buckets to airline seating to watches to yachts, Marc Newson is a sort of latter day renaissance man of design. Some notable designs are the Jaeger LeCoultre’s Atmos clock, Qantas airlines seating and first class lounge as well as the conceptual Kelvin 40 airplane.
Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood traveling 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 chair – 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. 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 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 Ikepod and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.
Newson’s 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.