"I was obsessed by the idea of making
things myself" - Marc Newson


In the first of five movies Dezeen filmed with industrial designer Marc Newson to coincide with the publication of a major book on his work by Taschen, he talks about the early days of his career when he made everything himself - including one of his most famous pieces of work, the Lockheed Lounge chaise longue. Update: this interview is featured in Dezeen Book of Interviews, which is on sale now for £12.

Early Lockheed Lounge by Marc Newson

The fibreglass and aluminium chaise (an early version of which is shown above) featured in his first exhibition in 1986 and went on to sell for a record £1.1 million at auction in 2009. Below: Newson welding the Lockheed Lounge.

Marc Newson making Lockheed Lounge

Flicking through a proof of the new book entitled Marc Newson - Works, Newson notes that he was forced to make pieces like the Lockheed Lounge as one-offs and limited editions in the early days simply because he couldn't manage to make any more of them by hand, while later editions like his marble pieces for the Gagosian Gallery (below) were restricted to suit the design-art market.

Marc Newson Gagosian

He also describes interior design projects he has worked on such as the Azzedine Alaia Boutique in Paris (below), as well as his work with Qantas airlines.

Azadine Alaia Boutique by Marc Newson

Marc Newson - Works is published by Taschen and comes out in September.

Marc Newson - Works

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  • Never a student will be able to afford that kinda book… great works for great clients, no small people obviously.

  • Filip

    What a career!

  • Aybige Tek

    That book kicks ass! Real strong. Inspired me as an architect to make my own jajaja. Thank you Marc.