From its opening in 1999, Galerie kreo presented Marc Newson. Three personal exhibitions followed in 2000, 2002 and 2004, offering the French public the best of his creations, up to the iconic Carbon Ladder , dated 2008. For 13 years therefore, Marc Newson had not produced new pieces for kreo. This is to say if it was expected and how the exercise could prove to be perilous.
With “Quobus”, Newson questions the typology of the shelving unit offering the user to compose his own variation. 1, 3, 6 and 2, 4, 6 allowing as many variations according to the number and size of the modules concerned.
We find Newson’s usual frankness: everything is visible, from the construction system to the materials used. The rhythm comes from the recurrence of the rails making up the structure of the enamelled steel modules held by round brass screws. The curved lines softening the corners of each module echo the colors created by Newson, whether graphic or pastel. Renewing his requirement for technicality, he had a traditional vitrified and colored enamelling affixed to sheets of curved steel.
Available in limited editions (8 + 2 AP + 2 Prototypes), we readily consider that no order will resemble the previous one, not to mention the two unique pieces offered by kreo.
While the expected formal revolution does not take place, the “Quobus” collection is imbued with Newson’s own poetry. It has the effect of a candy that is both satisfying and comforting, especially for its public of collectors who have been patiently patient for a long time.
“Quobus” by Marc Newson is presented simultaneously at the kreo Paris gallery (September 11 – November 20, 2021) and at the kreo London gallery (September 15 – November 20, 2021).