Marc Newson

Embryo Chair
Embryo Chair
Embryo Chair
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Embryo Chair

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Stylistically, the Embryo was an important breakthrough, defining for the first time a very identifiable Marc Newson signature style. “So many qualities of that chair laid down the DNA for much of what I was to do after that. It’s probably one of the most recognisable things that I’ve done, and one of the first really well-resolved pieces, both aesthetically and technically.”

The Embryo was Marc’s most technologically advanced project to date, making use of injection moulded polyurethane foam over an internal steel frame, and the surface was then covered in brightly coloured wetsuit neoprene. “I came up with the idea of upholstering it in wetsuit fabric, because the colours were strong and I was seduced by the texture. It seemed very Australian.”

The piece is in production and is manufactured by Idée with a neoprene cover and by Cappellini with a bi-elastic fabric cover.

Available via IDÉE (ships to Japan only), Cappellini or Galerie kreo

Client

Idée

Year

1988

Sector

Furniture

Key materials

Aluminium
Metal components
Polyurethane foam
Steel
Textile

Awards

Red Dot Design Award 1999