'More than a weapon': Marc Newson reveals his rare knife collection

Published 31st August 2017
'More than a weapon': Marc Newson reveals his rare knife collection
Influential designer Marc Newson has crafted everything from Apple watches to airplanes. With a seemingly endless ability to innovate, his collaborations and personal projects are as numerous as they are broad.
"My job as a designer really revolves around the fact that I hate most of what's out there right now. It sounds terrible and negative but being dissatisfied with things is a massive source of inspiration for me," he explained.
But one of the objects that most fascinates him may surprise you.
Lockheed Lounge (1988). Made out of riveted aluminum sheets, the Lockheed Lounge gained international fame in 1993 when Madonna used it in the music video for her track Rain. It became the world's most expensive design item in 2015 when it was sold at auction for £2,434,500 ($4.69 million). Credit: Karin Catt
In addition to a more popular preoccupation with old sports cars, Newson has been collecting knives for as long as he can remember.
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"I trained as a silversmith actually, and a jeweler ... so I've always had an interest in metal and metallurgy."
He owns several hundred knives, having collected them for around 30 years.
While Newson's own work may have broken records in the past when sold at auction, the value of these objects for him is not monetary.
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"One of the lovely things about collecting these objects is that they can be very valuable or on the other hand they can be relatively inexpensive and accessible."
He also makes it clear that his interest is not in a knife's potential for harm, as a weapon, but rather its history as a piece of craft.
"The thing that really fascinates me about knives is that they're man-made ... They're probably the very first tool that we made, so it's a little bit like the wheel in a way, it's a monumental invention and evolution."
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