Monday, January 21, 2013

WORKS by Marc Newson - Book Signing

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

TASCHEN Books in SoHo was the place on November 10th, where the much acclaimed and awarded Marc Newson was at hand to sign the very limited editions of his oversized monograph Works

Works is available in an Art Edition limited to 100 copies (No. 1-100) and also in a Collector's Edition (No. 101–1,100) limited to 1,000 numbered and signed copies, each in a linen-covered slipcase. It leaves no stone unturned in cataloguing all of Newson’s works to date, from early pieces such as Lockheed Lounge (which holds the world record for the highest price paid for a piece of designer furniture, at over two million dollars) through designs of household objects and more recent, large scale projects such as the interior of Qantas’s A380 and the Aquariva boat.

Newson was Born in Sydney, spending 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.

Based now in London, acclaimed and influential designer Marc Newson, 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 all over the planet.

His clients include some of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world. Many of his designs have achieved the status of modern design icons.  Besides creating a watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, he currently is the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.

Marc 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 awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen.

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 market.

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