On my radar this week is Marc Newson’s show at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea.

Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. As an industrial designer, his reach is broad and diverse, from concept jets and cars to watches, footwear, jewelry, restaurants, and aircraft interiors. Since the outset of his career, he has also produced beautifully crafted, limited-edition furniture, including the iconic Lockheed Lounge (1986). In a world where the distinctions between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred Newson is a trailblazer, having pursued parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than twenty years.

September 14 – October 16
Gagosian Gallery522 West 21st Street NYC
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6

Marc’s show quote:

As a kid obsessed with designing and making things, post-war Italian design was a huge source of inspiration. I was amazed by the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles. My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians’ impact on so many areas of design.

[Thanks, Molly!]

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Joseph Reinhardt

    Can anyone direct me to the manufacturer of the craft in the second picture? It looks really interesting and I was trying to find more information about it. Artists page doesn’t give any further details, sadly.

  • Joseph Reinhardt

    Found it. It’s the Kelvin40 Jet prototype…

  • Becky Stern

    It’s the Kelvin 40 Concept Jet: (Newson’s site) (article about its creation)