The impact of computer renderings of beautiful images can hardly be overestimated, and this book uses them to blistering effect. It's an exploration of the ouevre
of Australian-born, London-based industrial designer Marc Newson, with art director Richard Allan reproducing every image digitally with the help of designer Nicholas Register.
Marc Newson has created everything from airplanes, bicycles and even a concept car for Ford (sadly not in the book) to shampoo bottles for Vidal Sassoon. He designed Simon Le Bon's Syn recording studio in Tokyo; he converted a Volvo factory into the Coast restaurant; and he's produced household objects--dishdrainers and coat hooks, often with the use of computerised rapid prototyping--for the likes of Magis and Alessi. Most recently he's designed the lighting on the Sydney Opera House for the forthcoming opening and closing Olympic ceremonies.
Newson's work might, it is true, be equally impressive if sketched roughly in crayon on old whiskey boxes, but it looks even more stunning in the colours and finishes achieved by Allan and Register, with witty captioning using Newson's own offhand remarks. And if you don't simply adore a book that comes in an embossed clear plastic sleeve, it is respectfully suggested you seek professional help immediately. --Liz Bailey
From the Publisher
Marc Newson is one of today's most exciting designers.
At 35, Marc Newson has worked for clients all over the world from studios in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and London. His work has been chosen for permanent collections in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum in London and Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
His work includes designs for major companies such as Alessi, B&BItalia, Capellini, Flos, Iittala and Magis; watches for Ikepod of Switzerland; the interiors for Coast restaurant in London, Mash & Air in Manchester and Syn recording studio in Tokyo; as well as a bicycle, a private jet and a commission for a major automotive manufacturer.
This, his first book, features a dynamic body of work that includes some of our eras most iconic designs. Combining Newsons personal archive of sketches and plans with specially commissioned computer-rendered images created on state-of-the-art software, it gives a unique insight into the mind of this extraordinary designer who is increasingly recognised as a true original.
The book includes an incisive introduction by Alice Rawsthorn, the Financial Times journalist and contributing editor of Wallpaper*, which traces the development of Newsons distinctive visual language, inspired by such idiosyncratic influences as the architecture of Richard Neutra, Aston Martin sports cars and the films of Stanley Kubrick.
Designed by graphic designer Richard Allan, in collaboration with Marc Newson, this publication is itself a classic, with groundbreaking digital images and packaged in its own Newson-designed blow-moulded plastic slipcase.