Remember the Dish Doctor Dishrack, designed for Magis in 1997 back when plastic was still fantastic (before we knew about entire islands of the stuff ruining marine life).
It is one of many memorable designs by Australian designer Marc Newson, who has been hired to join the Apple design team, by friend and sometime collaborator Jonathan Ive, chief of design at the company.
Of all the earth-shattering news delivered by Apple this week, this was perhaps the most intriguing. What exactly will Newson, one of the world’s most famous industrial designers whose custom pieces have sold at art world prices, bring to table?
Above, one of his three Lockheed Lounge chairs, made of fiberglass and riveted sheet aluminum, was sold at auction by Phillips de Pury in London for 1.1 million pounds, making it by far the most expensive contemporary design object, says the Vitra Design Museum, which owns one.
We introduced Newson’s collaboration with Pentax (above) in North America, and the camera received considerable press. But it also turned out to have its limits. It was prettier to look at than use. Still it was surprisingly discontinued within a year. That said, I kept one in white, and I still love toting it—as much because of the quality of the photos as a fashion accessory.