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  • Provenance

    Galerie kreo, Paris

  • Literature

    Simon Mills, ‘Watch this Space’, The Sunday Times: The Magazine (London), 27 November 1994, pp. 5, 65
    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
    Alice Rawsthorn, Marc Newson, London, 1999, pp. 90–93 for computer-rendered drawing
    Conway Lloyd Morgan, Marc Newson, London, 2002, pp. 144–45 for computer-rendered drawing
    Louise Neri, ed., Marc Newson, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2007, p. 64
    Alison Castle, Marc Newson Works, London, 2012, pp. 70-73, 76

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ‘Orgone Stretch Lounge’ will be included as reference MN - 8OSL-1993 in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of limited edition works by Marc Newson, being prepared by Didier Krzentowski, Galerie kreo, Paris.

    Newson’s first studies for what would become the Orgone Chair were begun in Sydney in 1989 (see Coil Chair, 1989). As with several of his previous works, Newson was still seeking to find a way to work with aluminium in a fluid form. He experimented with coiling aluminium wire around a form to achieve a shape similar to what would become the Orgone, but the result was visually unsatisfactory and the leg structure lacked stability. Soon afterward, Newson went to Japan and made a hollow, felt-covered fibreglass prototype of the chair in Idée’s workshop (see Felt Prototype Chairs, 1989), with a self-supporting seat structure and aluminium legs that pass through holes on the underside. It wasn’t until after Newson was able to successfully create a fluid aluminium form, with the Event Horizon Table in 1992, that he could revisit the Orgone Chair and produce it as he had originally intended. The impetus for the Orgone, as well as the Alufelt of the same year, was the ‘Wormhole’ exhibition in Milan (see Alufelt Chair), where several of Newson’s limited aluminium pieces were shown. Following the black-hole theme of the Event Horizon Table, Newson ‘extruded’ the legs of the Orgone right out of the bottom of the seat structure. The Orgone Stretch Lounge, reminiscent of the stretch version of the Wicker Chair, was also produced for the exhibition.

    Alison Castle, Marc Newson Works, London, 2012


'Orgone Stretch Lounge'

circa 1993
Polished aluminium, painted aluminium.
60 x 175.2 x 78.8 cm (23 5/8 x 68 7/8 x 31 in)
Produced by POD Edition, UK. Number 5 from the edition of 6 plus 2 artist’s proofs (4 orange versions within the edition). Underside impressed with manufacturer’s logo ’MARC NEWSON POD EDITION’, ‘POD’, ’5 / 6’ and artist’s mark.

£150,000 - 200,000 Ω

Sold for £248,500

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London 25 April 2013 2pm