Conceptually speaking, Orotund can be defined as a luminous halo, an aura projected on the wall, a cloud of light.
According to Marc Newson, the Orotund wall lamp has the fascination of an arcane and mysterious form – archaic and futuristic at the same time.
But Orotund also has an exquisitely Pop look, and the Australian designer’s typical flair for rounded shapes. It could almost be an object from the Yellow Submarine cartoon, or a Star Trek gadget, or the steering wheel of a sports car with a big central button that is the horn. Newson has been working for years to give new semantic value to a shape that he had already successfully adopted for Alessi, but in the function of a table accessory. The Orotund lamp reconfirms Newton’s love for coloured polymers, sinuous organic shapes and eclectic versatility. An indirect LED source emits light from the hidden side of the lamp, which is made in injection-moulded plastic in white, grey and olive green. > I have been experimenting with this shape - a circular shape with a central spoke - for the past 20 years or more. I find it captivating. Orotund glows like an aura on the wall.—Marc Newson
Marc Newson is the most acclaimed and influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.
Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduation, was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council with which he staged his first exhibition - featuring the Lockheed Lounge - a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.
Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world - from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector.
Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients and have achieved the status of modern design icons. In addition to his core business, he has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.