Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. He 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 across the globe.
Born in Sydney, Newson spent 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 - featuring the Lockheed Lounge – a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.
Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world - from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector. Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients and have achieved the status of modern design icons. In addition to his core business, he has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.
Marc Newson 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 created CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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 art market.
Newson has been the focus of on-going and intense interest in the media, generating significant editorial value for his clients, and he has been the subject of a number of books and documentary films.
Perhaps the most iconic piece by designer Marc Newson, and a 20th century classic — the ‘Embryo’ chair design was first commissioned for the 1988 Powerhouse Museum ‘Take a Seat’ exhibition in Sydney. Newson frequently refers to the piece as one of the first to fully flesh out his now distinct style, the dissolution of sharp edges leaving a biomorphic and boldly extraterrestrial form. Three legs of chromed steel support the softly padded polyurethane foam body, the single piece covered in a neoprene fabric (more commonly used in wetsuits) to give a comfortable, fleshy contact.
Embryo Chair | EC/1
Designer Marc Newson
Launched in 1988
Architonic id 1003759
Armchair with three legs, structure in chromed steel and padding in moulded polyurethane foam, covered with bi-elastic fixed fabric.
cm. 80 x 85 x 45/80 h.
inch 31,50 x 33,50 x 17,75/31,50 h.
Product group: Seating Lounge area / Waiting room Armchairs Lounge chairs open base open base without armrests without armrests with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with base in steel with base in steel with 3-leg base