Marc Newson to Receive Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Collab Design Excellence Award


Ready your bright yellow Pentax K-01, because Marc Newson is bound for our shores. The Sydney-born, London-based industrial designer will be in Philadelphia next month to collect his Collab Design Excellence Award, bestowed annually by a collaboration of design professionals supporting the modern and contemporary design collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Past winners of the award include Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Zaha Hadid, Marcel Wanders, and Frank Gehry.

After picking up his snazzy statue, Newson will give a lecture about his work and inaugurate the museum’s exhibition, “Marc Newson: At Home.” Opening to the public on November 23, the show is a feast of Newsonian domestic delights—from his rapid-prototyped Dish Doctor dish rack to the 021C (read: Pantone orange) concept car he designed for Ford—arrayed inside an abstracted 2,000-square-foot house and garage.

In the meantime, Newson fans can savor his creations in marble, Micarta, and more in the pages of his mega-monograph, published last year by Taschen. ‘This really includes everything I’ve ever done—warts and all—even stuff from the early days of my career that are a little bit embarrassing,” said Newson of the encyclopedia-style book, which was nearly four years in the making. “But I hope for other people it’s informative.”