Defined by a single uninterrupted line, the design brings Marc Newson’s signature combination of organic forms and precision engineering to the Knoll seating portfolio. Echoing the futuristic vocabulary that characterises his work, the side chair for Knoll marries hard and soft, solid and transparent, in a striking form that seems to levitate in space.
Commenting on his work for Knoll, Marc Newson said, “Knoll’s modernist tradition provided the launchpad to imagine a chair for twenty-first century working and living.” Newson and Benjamin Pardo, Knoll Design Director, agreed that a new side chair for Knoll would honor the aesthetic principles that inform the existing portfolio of Knoll Seating, specifically the cantilevered designs.
Newson and Pardo revisited several Knoll designs, starting with Mies van der Rohe’s Brno Chair. The mesh seat and back integrate seamlessly with the frame, further emphasising the chair’s visual purity. To evoke a more residential feel, Newson selected a mesh that is tightly knit and is softer to the touch.
The Newson Aluminum Chair is offered in combinations of three frame colours: black, warm white, and grey; and six mesh colours: black, grey, blue, red, yellow, and white. In addition, the stacking chair has two versions: arm and armless.
Marc Newson (b.1963) graduated in jewellery design from Sydney College of the Arts and shot to fame with the 1986 exhibition at Roslyn Oxley Gallery that launched his Lockheed Lounge which consistently sets the record for the highest price at auction for furniture by a living designer. London-based, Newson works with brands across sectors including product, fashion, transportation, timepieces, lighting and fragrances and cosmetics.
Knoll products are defined by a distinct modern sensibility. From classics by the likes of Mies van der Rohe to ground-breaking designs by contemporary creatives including Marc Newson, David Adjaye, Barber Osgerby and Rem Koolhaas.