Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge could set record at Christie's



2015-11-04 11:18:08

The world's most expensive contemporary design object, Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge, is heading for auction at Christie's next month.

The chair was created by Australian designer Newson in 1990, and combines a futuristic industrial design with antique chaise-lounge form, along with the influence of post-war aviation.

According to Newson, "I had this vision of an object in my head, I had the material in my head, I had its visual aspect, a pretty accurate idea of what it looked like. A globule of mercury."

The chaise longue was made from thin aluminium plates welded and riveted together, over a body made from fibreglass-reinforced plastic. Having created a prototype and four artist's proofs, a limited series of ten Lockheed Lounge chairs were produced.

Of the fifteen existing examples, four currently reside in museums around the world and 11 in private collections.

The chair set to be offered at Christie's was originally exhibited in Tokyo, at the IDEE store owned by Teruo Kurosaki, who was an early supporter of Newson's work. It was purchased directly from the window of the store by the present owner, and will be offered at auction for the very first time.

The record price for a Lockheed Lounge chair was set in April 2015, when the 10th chair in the series sold at a Phillips design sale in London for £2,434,500.

The current example is the fourth chair in the series, and experts believe it could surpass this record when it hits the auction block in New York on December 17.

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