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Marc Newson crosses boundaries in a way which can draw together different audiences to an appreciation of the designer's protean role. He is an Australian who made his name in Japan before becoming a star of European design. While he is a signature designer, selling himself on hip stylistics, he is also a kind of product engineer, able to shift from exotic high-priced furniture to building his own bicycles and watches; at home as much with mass-manufacturable household goods as the coolest in restaurant design.
The star status of this 35-year-old inventor-artist is reflected in the 18 exhibitions which have been staged as far afield as the Vitra Design Museum, London, Chicago, Paris, Reykjavik. But this is no mere whim of fashion. The seriousness with which big clients now take designers was boldly manifested last year when Newson was selected to create the interior for a Dassault Falcon 900B jet. Newson first began to make his name in the mid-eighties with a chaise longue he made by hammering pieces of metal on to a glassfibre-coated foam base. He called it the Lockheed Lounge because of his love of aeroplane design, and it would go on to feature in Philippe Starck's restaurant in New York's Paramount Hotel as well as on a Madonna video set.
In 1987 Newson was taken under the wing of the Japanese industrialist, Teruo Kurosaki - a sort of Terence Conran, 'but hipper'. It was Kurosaki's furniture company, Idee, that liberated Newson from the grind all young designers struggle with of finding production, sources, and commissions. This was the platform that enabled Newson to develop his lateral product designs. Newson's stylistic inspiration is described as being drawn as much from 1950s Italian car design and 1960s James Bond sets as from a futuristic sensibility which has made him fashionable currency in 1990s Japan, the US, and Europe, with his latest designs for Magis, Flos and Alessi.
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