Australian designer Marc Newson, graduated from sculpture and jewellery design at Sydney College of the Arts in 1984. With an extensive body of work spanning three decades and multiple design disciplines, Newson has applied his distinctive style to private and commercial aircraft, household objects, architectural commissions and wearable technology and has worked with iconic international brands including Apple and Qantas. 

Marc Newson limited edition Lockheed Lounge was designed and fabricated in Sydney in the late 1980’s, is considered the most valuable piece of furniture ever sold by a living designer after repeatedly breaking sales records at auction, and is now widely regarded as one of the most important works of design from the late 20th century.

This design icon sits at the heart of sass & bide’s Winter 17 campaign, the spirit of this modern design icon, creates our contemporary SPEAKEASY. This incredible piece is hand-made in riveted steel and takes the curious shape of a chaise-lounge. Futuristic and yet evocative of the early 20th century, this masterpiece features right throughout our SPEAKEASY campaign shoot.

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To mark and commemorate the collaboration between the Lockheed Lounge, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and sass & bide, we are thrilled to have recently donated key pieces from the Speakeasy Collection to the MAAS Centre for Fashion archives. 

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) holds an enviable collection of design icons and fashion archives. Senior curator Keinton Butler shares some of the unique design icons from the MAAS collection.



The Aibo is the Sony Corporation’s first product venture into domestic entertainment robots. The Aibo is principally designed as a robotic companion.

Through the 1990s new toy products have increasingly incorporated more compact and cheaper computer controlled technologies (including robot control software/mechanism combined with machine intelligence programming). The Aibo product incorporates a combination of these types of technologies.

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The Macintosh was the first product to successfully commercialise the graphical user interface with a mouse. In terms of major shifts in the development of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) - from purpose built machines to stored programs, interaction based on commands, screen forms and menus brought about the greatest shift in HCI thinking and escalated computer use by consumers.

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‘Wink’ armchair/ chaise lounge with an adjustable steel frame padded with polyurethane and dacron, upholstered in a zip-fastened orange fabric with removable cotton over-covers for headrests, back and seat in yellow, purple and green. The chair has a concave, reclining back with the adjustable headrest divided into two parts. The back reclines via two black plastic turning knobs on either side of base. The concave seat with curved armrests extends to the footrest which folds under the seat. The reclining back and extending footrest convert the chair to a chaise lounge. The armchair floor support consists of four black plastic caps at the corners of the footrest. The chaise lounge floor support consists of four black plastic circular pads, two each to the underside of the seat and footrest.

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Read more about the current exhibitions Out of Hand and Icons.

With thanks to Museum of Applies Arts & Sciences.
Marc Newson & Marc Newson Ltd. for images & article.