WICKER CHAIR, MARC NEWSON (1990)
Marc Newson’s vintage sculptural wicker chair created in 1990 for the Japanese publisher Idée.
Length : 26.38 in / 67 cm
Height : 29.92 in / 76 cm
Width : 35.83 in / 91 cm
Weigth : 0 lb / kg
Categories: 20th Century Design, Armchairs
Year of publication: 1990
Inspiration: In the late 80s, Marc Newson designed the Felt Chair, which would become one of his most famous pieces. The idea came to him to create a wicker version of the Felt Chair, and that’s how this version was born. The tubular steel is molded to the shape of the chair, then a fiberglass shell is placed on the skeleton, and the rattan is braided over it. Having designed pieces for Idée for several years, Marc decided to take advantage of the company’s passionate working relationship with a wicker factory in Thailand to create a wicker version of the Felt Chair. It took six weeks of daily work to weave the first chair, which ultimately did not meet his expectations in terms of quality. The following ones were perfected and the steel frames were made according to a template that Marc had shaped. The Wicker Chair published by Idée in Japan is distributed by Galerie Kreo
Designer: Marc Newson is a designer born in Sydney in 1963, Marc Newson spent his childhood traveling in Europe and Asia. His mother worked for a major Australian architectural firm, exposing Marc Newson to design from an early age. He attended Sydney College of the Arts to study jewellery and sculpture, graduating in 1984. Marc Newson received a grant from the Australian Crafts Council to organize his first exhibition where he presented his Lockheed chaise longue which would be purchased by the National Gallery of Southern Australia. Marc Newson moved to Tokyo in 1989 where he met the owner of Idea, Teuro Kurosaki with whom he would produce many models over the years. From Tokyo, Marc Newson moved to Paris before settling in London and opening his own design studio, Marc Newson Ltd. Marc Newson has designed cars, jets and watches in addition to his iconic furniture. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His work is part of the collections of several major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Materials: Wicker braiding on a steel structure. The chair has a natural flexibility given the materials used.
State: Very good condition, a paint chip on the foot is visible on the photos.