Chair Of The Week: Lockheed Lounge by Marc Newson

photo c/o Marc Newson


In 1984, a then 21 year old Marc Newson graduated from Sydney College of the Arts, after majoring in sculpture and jewelry making. Two years later in 1986, Newson began hammering hundreds of aluminum panels onto a hand made fibreglass chair mold in his back yard. Unbeknownst to him, his tediously hand crafted chair (now famously known as the Lockheed Lounge) would end up launching his career and 20-something years later, would go on to sell for a record setting $1.6 million at an Auction in London.



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In an article with Business Week, Newson spoke of the laborious fabrication techniques he used to create the Lockheed Lounge back in his days as a struggling young designer stating: “That was the only way I could think of doing it at the time. I couldn’t afford to make it any other way.” His frugal resourcefulness not only resulted in what was ultimately an extremely profitable venture, but also helped introduce his unique design aesthetic to the masses — however hard that aesthetic may be to define. Some may say it’s bold yet sensual, or it’s organic yet industrial — though perhaps given his celebrity status, it’s now easiest to just define this visual paradox by saying it’s “very Marc Newson.”