MARC NEWSON (b. 1963)
Estimate: 2,000 – 3,000 U.S. dollars
Special Notice: This lot is offered without reserve.
Update: The lot fetched $12,500
‘Bucky’ A Polyurethane Foam Chair, 1995
manufactured by Marc Newson in an edition of 50, from the ‘Bucky’ installation for the Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation, Paris
21 5/8 in. (55 cm.) high
Provenance: Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 11 June 2003, lot 214.
This chair was made famous by Madonna in her 1993 video for the song Rain. A fantastic video that certainly stands up to today’s standards. It was soon after this I saved up to buy my first watch as a kid from ikepod, also designed by the fabulous Marc Newson.
Design Matcher gives the following explanation:
After his graduation in 1984 he staged an exhibition and featured this aluminium chaise longue, the Lockheed Lounge – at the Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney. The sensual, curvaceous shape of the Lockheed Lounge is based on NewsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision of a “fluid metallic form, like a giant blob of mercury,” which has become the keystone of his design vocabulary. Named after the American aircraft manufacturer, the chairÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s body is covered with nonoverlapping aluminum sheets joined with blind rivets, giving the impression on an airplane body.
Marc Newson (b. 1963)
Lockheed Lounge LC-1
impressed ‘Basecraft Sydney’
aluminium sheets, blind rivets, fibreglass
34Ã‚Â½ x 24 x 64Ã‚Â½in. (87.5 x 61 x 164cm.)
Designed in 1985, this work is number seven from an edition of ten.
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in February 1993.
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The final bid was a bit at the low side of the estimate: UK Pnd 748,500.-