The story of an iconic piece of furniture. Zenith Chair from 2003.

It has an original shape. The Zenith chair was designed by Marc Newson in 2003. Despite the passage of years, the chair still looks great and its collector value is increasing. Only a few pieces of the furniture were made, which can now be seen in art galleries and private collections.

The design was based on the Nimrod chair, which Marc Newson designed for Magis. This is a family-owned company that was founded in 1976 in Italy. Magis’ portfolio includes home, office and urban furniture. Many of them are design icons.

The Nimrod chair was made of plastic, while the Zenith is its metal version. The chair was produced by British designers who had previously been involved in the restoration of Aston Martin cars. Marc Newson had previously collaborated with them while working on other collections of aluminium furniture. The piece of furniture is characterised by its unibody character. There are no moving parts, no legs or attachable backrests. The designer created the chair as a whole. An innovative solution for the late 1990s. Overall, the metallic Zenith chair is 79 cm high, 60 cm wide and 77 cm deep.

It is worth noting that Karl Lagerfeld, among others, had a Zenith chair in his home. How much does the piece of furniture cost? During the auction organised by Phillips, the chair was sold for £81,250, which at today’s exchange rate means a sum of just over £400,000.

courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery

Marc Newson was born in 1963 in Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of the Sydney College of the Arts. Today he is a world-renowned designer. He has gathered experience working on designs for watches, jewellery, furniture, bicycles, clothing, yachts and aircraft. Among other things, he is responsible for the interior design of the Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft. The objects he has designed can be seen today in major contemporary art galleries including: Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London or the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2005, the editors of Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

source: Marc Newson

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