This is probably the weightiest bookcase you will ever seen in your life! LOL. This white carrara marble shelf, sold by Gagosian gallery, is designed by famed industrial designer Marc Newson. But just in case you don't know who Marc Newson is, he's the guy who made the Lockheed Lounge that Madonna sat on in her music video "Rain" in 1993.
This is what Marc Newson had to say about his process of creating this bookcase/ sculpture:
Sometimes I start with the material, sometimes the idea. In this case the materials were the inspiration. I began by identifying materials that I had always been interested in but had never used. Often the context of materials strikes me more than the materials themselves. Context is new, not materials.
Marc Andrew Newson was born in Sydney Australia in 1963. Having lived in various countries, now he reside permanently in London. He's a well known industrial designer who have done aircraft design, product design, furniture design, jewellery, and clothing. He is mostly known for biomorphism design. The most well known of his biomorphism design of his is the Lockheed Lounge which there are 10 in existence plus 4 artist proofs. One was sold at auction in 2010 for over $2.1M. Taschen recently published a catalogue/book of all his work (up to 2012). Again, even the price of the book is not for the fainted heart.
I really like this piece of functional sculpture; it can stand alone as a piece of sculpture or it can be utilized as a shelf. I have always like white carrara marble on almost anything so this is right up my alley. I can totally see this piece dividing up a living room and dining room space in a soho loft. Using Zoeism: It's ba-na-nas!