Apple designer Marc Newson's chest of drawers sells for S$1.5 million

Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, who designed a chest of drawers that sold for more than one million euros at auction house Artcurial.
Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, who designed a chest of drawers that sold for more than one million euros at auction house Artcurial. PHOTO: LOUIS VUITTON
The chest of drawers by Australian designer Marc Newson which has sold at auction in Paris for more than one million euros (S$1.5 million), more than twice its estimate.
The chest of drawers by Australian designer Marc Newson which has sold at auction in Paris for more than one million euros (S$1.5 million), more than twice its estimate.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A chest of drawers by Australian star designer Marc Newson has sold at auction in Paris for more than one million euros, more than twice its estimate.

The piece called Pod Of Drawers by Mr Newson, who has worked for Apple for the past decade, was bought for 1.019 million euros (S$1.5 million) by an Asian buyer, auction house Artcurial said on Tuesday (Oct 25).

Mr Newson, 53, made the shiny aluminium drawers by hand in 1987 at art school, having earlier trained as a jeweller.

The creator of the Lockheed Lounge chair has said he was inspired to take up furniture design by the European decorative art magazines his Greek-born grandfather left lying around the house in Sydney.

The piece was inspired by French Art Deco designer Andre Groult's famous body-shaped Chiffonnier Anthropomorphe, Artcurial said.

"Entirely made by hand, the chest of drawers shows the fusion between European decorative arts and his know-how as an apprentice jeweller," it added in a statement.

Two of Mr Newson's Pod Of Drawers, with their trademark curved lines, are already on display in major museums, one at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the other at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

All the lots in the Heavy Metal, 20 Design Masterpieces sale were sold, Artcurial said, for a total of 2.7 million euros.