Newson opens museum space

The Design Museum is christening its “baby” glass exhibition space, designed and installed by Storm Display, with an exhibition of Marc Newson furniture, which opens on 26 July.

The exhibition features the Newson-designed Orgone Series of machined-aluminium sculptural furniture (Lockheed longue pictured). The range reflects the designer’s fascination with aerospace technology and Aston Martin cars. The furniture is manufactured for Newson by an Aston Martin sub-contractor near Newport Pagnell, after Newson discovered the workshop while buying an Aston Martin DB4.

The gallery, called the Design Museum Tank, will be a free public “fringe” exhibition space. It will feature tasters of exhibitions inside the Design Museum with thematically related material and specially commissioned installations by contemporary designers.

Future exhibitions will include an installation by Georg Baldele in early autumn, followed later this year by an exhibition from fashion designer John Galliano.

“The Tank will work as a space in its own right but will also serve as a commentary to individual exhibitions at the museum,” says a museum spokeswoman.

The Orgone Series show coincides with the Design Museum’s Aston Martin V12 Vanquish exhibition, which is currently live inside the museum until 28 August before the car goes on sale in September. It traces the design development of the Vanquish from the beginning to the end.

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