Gagosian Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2007
Louise Neri, ed., Marc Newson, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2007, pp. 48-51
The present lot highlights Marc Newson's furniture pieces that intersect design and the re-envisioning of industrial materials for functionality. Marc Newson constructed this desk from micarta, an industrial compound invented originally for electrical insulation. Newson began using micarta in circa 2006 to create a series of furnishings characterized by a warm brown coloration and sleek, almost aerodynamic surfaces, as seen in the clean lines of this desk. Newson's used this material as an opportunity to repurpose and revalue an historical, nearly anachronistic material—especially in a different economic and design climate than when this material was first invented approximately 100 years ago for industrial insulation purposes.
Overall in excellent original condition. This top of this table is executed in a linen phenolic composite and should be handled with care. The surfaces of this desk present in extraordinary condition throughout. The surfaces of this desk when viewed in person present with a wonderfully detailed pattern that extends the entire surface of the work. This desk is a true masterwork of sculpture displaying superb scale and form throughout. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.