MN-01 LC1, Lockheed Lounge

Marc Newson

Design: 1985 - 1986
Production: 1988 - 1990
Manufacturer: Pod, Sydney
Size: 86 x 166 x 57 cms
Material: fiberglass,
riveted sheet Aluminum

The Australian designer Marc Newson has enjoyed international acclaim since 1985. The origins of his works are often associated with Sydney, his native city, where the sea is omnipresent, and with his hobby of surfing. Marc Newson’s chosen fields of study also provide insights about his approach; he attended classes in jewelry design and sculpture at the Sydney College of Arts, where he completed his degree in 1984. The sculptural quality of his work demonstrates this influence. The flowing shapes of his objects recall the “streamlined style” of the 1930s, as well as international developments in the field of sculpture that were influenced by this movement. If one seeks analogies, the forms of his new works are similar in particular to Jean Arp’s torso motifs from 1930 and 1931, Alexander Archipenko’s Torso in Space sculpture from 1935, or Karl Hartung’s Reclining Person from 1938. Thus, his high-gloss aluminum armchairs and lounge chairs, among them “Orgone” or “Alufelt,” are actually more anthropomorphous seating sculptures with pleasant tactile qualities than functional furniture. The “Lockheed Lounge” harks back to an initial version entitled LC1, which Marc Newson created for the “Seating for Six” exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney. He drew inspiration for the shape of the piece from the recamier seating type, whose name is derived from the chaise longue in the portrait of Juliette Récamier by Jacques-Louis David from the year 1800. Contrary to Newson’s apprehensions, the success of LC1 was overwhelming, which prompted him to continue working on the piece. From 1986 to 1988, he reshaped the LC1 into a smoother and more flowing form, called the “Lockheed Lounge” after the American aircraft manufacturer. Its body is primarily made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic. The legs smoothly descend from the natural curves and are covered with rubber, a stylistic principle to be found in many of Newson’s works. The entire surface is covered with thin-walled aluminum sheets attached with blind rivets. These sheets do not overlap but are joined together almost seamlessly, giving the impression of an airplane fuselage. The Lockheed Lounge caused a sensation in 2009 when it was sold at auction by Phillips de Pury in London for 1.1 million pounds, making it by far the most expensive contemporary design object. The piece that was auctioned became famous when Madonna was filmed reclining on it in the music video for her single “Rain”.

Designer:Marc Newson

Marc Newson MN-01 LC1 (Lockheed Lounge)