Back in 2008, the Davis Street Gagosian Gallery in London hosted an exhibition for Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, featuring a limited-edition collection of extruded tables composed entirely of marble. Each work is conceived and meticulously crafted in a seamless piece of material.
Sometimes I start with the material, sometimes the idea. In this case, the materials were the inspiration. Often the context of materials strikes me more than the materials themselves. Context is new, not materials.
Extruded Tables features an open-ribbon form that becomes an unbroken line with no beginning and end. The dynamics of its streamlined silhouette are further emphasised by the marble’s natural grey/white striations. The tables are extracted from a single block of white Carrara marble and grey Bardiglio marble. A total of 8 pieces in each of the two marble materials were extruded for each table design.
For over 30 years, Newson has approached design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. Perhaps best known for his work with furniture design, such as the iconic Lockheed Lounge, he continues to blur the lines between art and design through activities in both limited and mass production.
Based in London where his company, Marc Newson Limited, has been since 1997, has previously worked as Creative Director of Qantas Airways and Designer for Special Projects at Apple since his first involvement in the design of the ‘Apple Watch’ (2014). He recently joined forces with former Chief Design Officer of Apple Jony Ive to establish a new design firm named LoveFrom. We wait with anticipation for what this duo will create in the future.