Marc Newson - Design New York Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Louise Neri, ed.,  Marc Newson, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2007, pp. 48-51 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Marc Newson’s "Micarta" series, first shown at Gagosian Gallery in 2007, is heir to his “seamless inventions”, to borrow an expression from Louise Neri writing in that exhibition’s catalog. Neither joint nor junction disrupts the contour of the present desk, although Newson assembled it from three pieces of compressed micarta. Two early tables, "Black Hole" (1988) and "Event Horizon" (1992), likewise beguile with fluid silhouettes. Newson used common enough materials in those works (carbon fiber and aluminum), but micarta, the eponymous material of the Gagosian series, is a little-known composite of resin-impregnated linen used for knife handles. Newson says, “…for me, ‘newness’ means taking something out of one context and putting it into another.” Micarta moves from utensil to head of the table.


“Micarta” desk

Linen phenolic composite. 
28 1/4 x 101 x 37 5/8 in. (71.8 x 256.5 x 95.6 cm.)
Number five from an edition of ten.  Underside with metal roundel “Micarta desk/ 5 / 10.” Catalgoue Raisonne number NEWSON 2006.0153.

$170,000 - 190,000 

Sold for $206,500


17 Dec 2008 2pm
New York