"Event Horizon" table

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, USA

  • Literature

    “Marc Newson Tavolo Event Horizon”, Domus, no. 741, September 1992, pp. 67-69
    Alice Rawsthorn, “An Australian in Paris,” Blueprint, no. 104, February 1994, p. 31
    Marc Newson: Bucky, dalla chimica al design, exh. cat., Triennale di Milano, 1995, fig. 10
    Alice Rawsthorn, Marc Newson, London, 1999, pp. 64-69, 213
    Conway Lloyd Morgan, Marc Newson, London, 2002, pp. 150-51, 157, 170-71
    Louise Neri, ed., Marc Newson, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2007, p. 64
    Alison Castle, Marc Newson Works, London, 2012, pp. 58-63

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model table will be included as number MN-13EHTR-1992 in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Marc Newson's editioned works produced by Galerie kreo, Paris.

    Designed as part of a series with Orgone chair, Orgone Stretch chair, and Alufelt chair (1993), the Event Horizon table is emblematic of Newson's ambitious retro-futurist aesthetic. The table was produced for Ikepod (also known as Pod), Newson’s and Oliver Ike’s innovative watch company. The aluminum and enameled interior of the table seems to take on an almost life-like sense of motion, with its ductile surfaces and curvilinear edges confusing the boundaries between the object and the space around it. Achieving this sleek, space-age effect required Newson to return the aviation technologies that had long inspired him.

    As an early adopter of AutoCAD software for furniture design, the development of Newson’s signature style transcends appearance, but is defined by its conception and fabrication. After studying sculpture and jewelry design at Sydney College of the Arts, Newson applied a DIY ethos to metalwork, adapting industrial techniques and appearances to whatever tools he could afford and wherever he set up his makeshift studios in Sydney, Tokyo, and London. For this series, Newson experimented with manufacturing methods, first using an aircraft factory in France before finally settling on an Aston Martin subcontractor in Buckinghamshire, in order to achieve the polished fluidity and seamlessness that he had been striving for since his LC1 Lounge of 1986.

    Like a jet-engine, the smooth angles of the Event Horizon table transition effortlessly into equally compelling interior spaces, with the glowing red enamel core of the piece seeming to ebb and flow like plasma. The tapered hollow legs appear as though they have been pulled from the molten form of the table, highlighting the advanced making techniques employed by Newson. Many of Newson’s works play with dimensionality, revealing voids and centers as liquid and gleaming as the exteriors. Furthermore, in Newson's words, these exposed cores are “a good way of revealing some high quality manufacturing!”

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"Event Horizon" table

1992
Polished aluminum, painted aluminum.
31 4/5 x 71 x 37 5/8 in. (80.8 x 180.3 x 95.6 cm)
Produced by POD Edition, UK. Number 3 from the edition of 10 plus 3 artist’s proofs. Tabletop impressed MARC NEWSON POD EDITION·EVENT HORIZON·1992. Underside impressed MARC NEWSON/POD EDITION/POD/3 / 10.

Estimate
$150,000 - 250,000 

sold for $268,750

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New York Auction 6 June 2019