Marc Newson receives Lucky Strike Designer Award

The Australian Marc Newson, one of the most influential designers of his generation, won the 50,000 Euros prize "Lucky Strike Designer Award" this year.

The Raymond Loewy Foundation honored the "world wide very successful all-round designer for industrial products and goods of daily life" with Marc Newson, said the jury of the foundation.

Born in 1963 in Sydney, Newson soon traveled through Europe and Aria, before he studied jewelry design and sculpturing at the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) as well as beginning experimenting with furniture design. After his graduation in 1984 he received a scholarship of the Australian Crafts Council and organized an exposition where also the legendary Lockheed Lounge was presented, in the Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney. The futuristic lounger, an icon of contemporary design, received additional popularity by the music video "Rain" from Madonna.

After he worked and lived in Paris, Newson moved to London in 1997, where he founded the Marc Newson Ltd. He designed industrially manufactured glass articles for Iittala, kitchen and bath accessories for Alessi as well as furniture, lamps and household objects for Magis, B&B Italia, Idée and Dupont Corian. Moreover he designed transport devices such as the bicycle MN01 dor the Danish manufacturer Biomega, the concept car 021C for Ford as well as the interior design of a Falcon-900B-private jet. Newson designed uniforms for the Australian team at the Olympic games 2004 in Athens, the sports shoe Zvedochka for Nike, uniform for G-Star as well as the coffee series Scope for Samsonite. In the year 2006 Newson took the creative direction of Quantas Airways and worked on developing the A380 interior furnishing and the airport Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne.

Newsons works were not only praised numerous times – among them six Good Design Awards of the Chicago Atheneum -, but also presented in numerous expositions. Works from Newson are mostly seen in the permanent collection of great museums – such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the London Design Museum, in the Musée National d'Art Moderne des Centre Georges Pompidou as well as the Vitra Design Museum. Marc Newson is an exceptional professor for Design at the Sydney College of the Arts and at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In Great Britain he has been honored with the "Royal Designer for Industry" title.

The jury of the Raymond Loewy Foundation followed its tradition with Marc Newson as awarded with the Lucky Strike Award 2001 – illuminating the whole broadband of design, the shaping of things, substantively and formal, to present it to the public.

About the Lucky Strike Designer Award:
The Raymond Loewy Foundation offers the Lucky Strike Designer Award since 1991 every year, honoring exceptional and internationally successful designer for their life work or a special creation period. All awarded have sustainably embossed design in economy and sociality on their individual way.

The Lucky Strike Designer Award internationally counts to the highest design awards with , Euros. The awarded of the Lucky Strike Designer Award are among others Philippe Starck, Michael Ballhaus, Donna Karan, Peter Lindbergh and Karl Lagerfeld.

About the Raymond Loewy Foundation:
The Raymond Loewy Foundation, founded in 1991, contributed an important part to spreading design all over the world as well as emphasizing the huge meaning of design for the development of economy and sociality. The foundation supports designer newcomers and connects successful and trend-setting designers of the world.

Design can't be reduced to a product or graphic design today anymore, but it has to be understood as design performance: a designer does not only design "table and chair", but complete working and communication possibilities. Not only posters, websites or brand-logos are designed, but whole information and also communication concepts. This all-including design concept explains the meaningful influence of design on economy and society. The promotion of design is thereby in the widest consequence also the promotion of economy. High quality design sets trend-setting impulses on the market, reaching importance around the globe. This supports manufactures – and with it the national economy.

Find more information on the homepage of the Raymond Loewy Foundation.

Article from the 2011-11-10

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