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Knoll Designer Bios

Marc Newson

b. Sydney, Australia

Marc Newson, CBE has been described as one of the most influential designers 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. 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.

Born in Sydney in 1963, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and with the aid of an Australian Crafts Council grant, staged his first exhibition which featured his Lockheed Lounge – a piece that has now, twenty years later, set four consecutive world records at auction.

As well as overseeing his own company, Marc Newson Ltd he holds senior management positions at client companies; including currently being Brand Ambassador for Qantas Airways and Designer for Special Projects at Apple.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and the V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Vitra Design Museum, Germany.