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2001/114/1 Chair, 'Wood', beech, designed by Marc Newson, Australia 1988, made by Cappellini, Italy, about 2000. Click to enlarge.

‘Wood’ chair by Marc Newson

Made by Cappellini in Italy, Europe, c. 2000.

Marc Newson is Australia’s most successful contemporary designer. Since graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in 1984 he has worked in Japan, Italy and France and currently runs a high profile international practice in London. During his 15-year career he has designed furniture, lighting, interiors, homewares, a bike, a concept car and a jet. He appears regularly in international design journals and his work is represented in collections throughout the world.

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Object Statement

Chair, 'Wood', beech, designed by Marc Newson, Australia 1988, made by Cappellini, Italy, about 2000

Physical Description

Chair, 'Wood', beech, designed by Marc Newson, Australia 1988, made by Cappellini, Italy, about 2000.

Chair of slatted beech wood strips steam bent to form a 'double curve' or 'alpha'shape. The backrest extends down, around and back to form the seat and supports, the strips strengthened with horizontal bracing at each end and at three points around the curve of the seat. Manufacturer's mark on inside of seat floor.


Manufacturer's mark inscribed on label adhered on inside of seat floor, silver text on black, "cappellini".



780 mm


840 mm


950 mm



Cappellini Italy, Europe c. 2000


Designed by Marc Newson. Originally designed as a commissioned piece for a Crafts Council of New South Wales travelling exhibition, 'The House of Fiction: domestic blueprints in wood'. Curated by Craig Bremner, the exhibition was intended to 'encourage interaction between crafts practice and industry' and was shown at the Milan Furniture Fair as well as in Sydney in 1988. Drawings and sketches for the 'Wood' chair are held at 94/196/3.

Made by Cappellini, Italy. The original 'Wood' chair was made by Newson's own company Pod, using Canadian rock maple and Australia coachwood.

The chair was designed in 1988. This example was made about 2000.



The chair was acquired directly from the manufacturer.


Credit Line

Purchased 2001

Acquisition Date

20 November 2001

Cite this Object


'Wood' chair by Marc Newson 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <>


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