Marc Newson - Design New York Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private European collection, acquired directly from the designer, 1999
    Christie's, London, "20th Century Decorative Art & Design," April 7, 2009, lot 105

  • Literature

    Alice Rawsthorn, “An Australian in Paris,” Blueprint (London), no. 104, February 1994, front cover, p. 28
    Simon Mills, “Watch this Space,” The Sunday Times: The Magazine (London), November 27, 1994, pp. 63-65
    marc newson : Bucky, dalla chimica al design, exh. cat., Triennale di Milano,
    1995, fig. 38
    Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 1996, p. 172
    I.D. (London), January-February 1996, p. 70 Alice Rawsthorn, "Newson takes off," I.D. (London), April 1997, p. 75
    Alice Rawsthorn, "Marc One," Vogue Australia, June 1997, p. 101
    Architektur und Wohnen (Hamburg), October-November 1997, p. 137
    Frame 1, December 1997, p. 25
    Stephan Todd, "Liquid Geometry," Monument (Melbourne), no. 20, p. 40
    Alice Rawsthorn, Marc Newson, London, 1999, pp. 84-87 for computer-rendered
    Sarah Nichols, Aluminum by design, exh. cat., Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2000, p. 264 for computer-rendered drawing the magazine of the powerhouse museum: Powerline, Sydney, Spring 2001, front cover
    Alison Castle, Marc Newson Works, London, 2012, pp. 74-77 for images and sketches

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Orgone Chairs” are in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. "Orgone Chairs" were included in the following exhibitions: "Wormhole," Internos Bis, Milan 13 - 17 April, 1994; "Marc Newson: Design Works," Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, August 10, 2001 - February 3, 2002; "Marc Newson," Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, April 23, 2004 - September 05, 2004; "Mark Newson," Design Museum, London December 26, 2004 - 30 January, 2005.

    Marc Newson included his “Orgone Chair” in a collection of handmade aluminum furniture which he presented in “Wormhole,” a 1994 Milan solo exhibition. The collection comprised three other companion pieces including an “Event Horizon Table,” an “Alufelt Chair” and an “Orgone Stretch Lounge,” a suite of which was sold by Phillips on April 25 in London.

    The “Orgone Chair” is a progression from Newson’s “Lockheed Lounge” and reflects the designer’s expert use of aluminum as well as his ongoing investigation of new production methods and processes. The fabrication of the present lot was undertaken by British coachbuilders specializing in the restoration of Aston Martins. Newson’s understanding of the construction and finish of these works is conveyed in his following statement: “Subconsciously, I think I started leaving holes and spaces because it seemed such a shame to cover up some very high-quality manufacturing and finishing” (Simon Mills, “Watch this Space,” The Sunday Times: The Magazine (London), 27 November 1994, p. 62). Both the interior and the exterior of the work merge together creating a fluid and utile object with a liminal space that draws the outer surface inside and vice versa: there is an interstice where the interior voids become the exterior legs. He stated: “I do like the idea of creating negative space within forms” (Alice Rawsthorn, “An Australian in Paris,” Blueprint (London), no. 104, February 1994, p. 29). Since the “Lockheed Lounge” Newson has been “forming metal into improbable shapes, into something that looks simple but is actually…impossible.” (Blueprint, 1994, ibid).



"Orgone Chair"

circa 1993
Polished aluminum, painted aluminum.
33 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 37 3/4 in. (85 x 72 x 96 cm)
Produced by POD Edition, UK. Number 5 from the edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs and 1 prototype. Underside impressed with manufacturer’s logo MARC NEWSON POD EDITION, POD, 5 / 6 and artist’s mark.

$280,000 - 380,000 

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