Prototype "Pod of Drawers", 1987
Fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin core, blind-riveted sheet aluminum, paint. 50 3/4 x 27 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (128.9 x 69.9 x 47 cm). Handmade by Marc Newson at Basecraft for Pod, Australia. Unique prototype with white feet in addition to the edition of ten plus two artist's proofs.
PROVENANCE Marc Newson, Australia; Galerie kreo, Paris
LITERATURE Mario Romanelli, "Marc Newson: Progetti tra il 1987 e il 1990," Domus, March 1990, p. 67; Alice Rawsthorn, Marc Newson, London, 1999, p. 23; Hilary Jay, "Rising Design Stars," Art and Antiques, April 2001, p. 61; Stephen Crafti, Request.Response.Reaction. The Designers of Australia & New Zealand, Victoria, 2002, p. 86; Conway Lloyd Morgan, Marc Newson, London, 2003, p. 166; Béatrice Salmon, ed., Masterpieces of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, 2006, pp. 205-206; Julie Brener and Sarah Douglas, "Dealer's Choice," Art + Auction, September 2008, p. 172
Thirteen "Pod of Drawers" exist: one example with white feet (the present lot), two artist's proofs, and a further edition of ten. The prototype "Pod of Drawers" will be included as "MN - 1PODW - 1987" in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of limited editions by Marc Newson being prepared by Didier Krzentowski of Galerie kreo, Paris. Phillips de Pury & Company would like to thank Marc Newson and Didier Krzentowski for their assistance in cataloging this lot. Who can resist a good figure? Not Marc Newson. Since first riveting "Pod of Drawers" in 1987, he has returned again and again to the hourglass shape as inspiration for much of his work: "Lockheed Lounge", "Embryos", "Orgone Lounges." Airplanes, cars, and surfboards are metaphors for Newson, their construction and materials a common point of departure, but the human torso is as fertile a seed for his imagination. Newson is at heart organic, in the vital not voguish sense. The seat and backrest of his "Felt Chair" stretches and bends like a torso. His related "Wicker Lounge" recalls a nubile in repose, or two. Both "Pod of Drawers" and "Lockheed Lounge" set the stage for these later works. Even his everyday products—pepper grinders, bath pillows, bottle openers, doorstops—are buxom. Objects resonate when they relate to us. A Newson maxim might read: one must mimic the body to hold the body.