Designer Marc Newson gained immediate worldwide attention following the creation of this object, which he produced in 1985 in a limited edition of 10. The Lockheed Lounge soon secured a revered place in popular culture when Madonna used it in her 1988 Rain video. Carnegie Museum of Art was the first museum in America to acquire this truly iconic design.
The Lockheed Lounge is appealing both for its arresting appearance and for the ambiguity of its origin. The title and the exposed and riveted joints clearly suggest a connection to an airplane uselage and the eponymous aircraft manufacturer; but the form is less aerodynamic than biomorphic, given a sense of playfulness by its rounded feet. Newson conceived of it as a fluid metallic form, like a giant blob of mercury; a seemingly contradictory inspiration cited by the artist is an elegant Neoclassical couch, similar to the examples on view in the adjacent gallery.