Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1962, the designer Marc Newson studied jewelry design and sculpture at the Sydney College of Art until 1984 and then went to Japan, where he worked for several years for the Tokyo firm Idée. Marc Newson achieved international recognition with the "Lockheed Lounge" daybed, which was launched at the Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney in 1986. Featuring a polyester core reinforced with fiberglass, the piece is covered with a skin of riveted sheet aluminium. Strongly reminiscent of vintage airplanes, the "Lockheed Lounge" is also notable for its round, organic forms.
In 1987 Marc Newson went to Paris, where he founded the Ikepod Watch Company with Oliver Ike, which makes high-quality watches in Switzerland. Although he by now specialized in watches, Marc Newson continued to design furniture as a sideline. In 1991 Marc Newson designed the "Orgone" bench for Cappellini. In 1994 Newson designed "Felt", an armchair featuring markedly anthropomorphic forms. In 1995 Marc Newson created "Bucky", seat furniture for the Fondation Cartier in Paris.
In 1997 Marc Newson founded Studio Marc Newson Ltd in London. Marc Newson is a visiting lecturer in design at the Sydney College of Art.