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Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple, under the leadership of design head Jony Ive, reports Vanity Fair. Newson is a well-known industrial designer who has created a range of items for luxury retailers, and his work has even been shown off at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Newson has created everything from furniture to eye glasses, and he has been described by Vanity Fair as having a "love of color and of sensual curves," with his work taking on a "futuristic, vaguely Jetson-like flair."

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Marc Newson with Jonathan Ive, courtesy of Vanity Fair
Newson is a longtime close friend of Jony Ive, and the two have collaborated in the past. Last year, Ive and Newson teamed up to create a range of products for an auction to benefit Product (RED), including an aluminum desk, a Leica camera, and a set of solid gold EarPods, among other items.
"Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation," Ive said in a statement provided to VF Daily. "He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective."
According to the report, Newson will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, but will make frequent trips to the company's Cupertino headquarters. Newson is also said to have collaborated on some designs for Apple earlier this year, before joining the company.

In an interview last year, Ive commented on working with Newson, noting that both men are "fanatical" when it comes to paying attention to small details. In the same interview, Newson said that both he and Ive are perfectionists. "You discover that very few people have the level of perfection we do. It is actually very sick. It is neurotic."

While Newson will work under Ive, it is unclear which specific projects he will take on. When asked if he would work on the iWatch, Apple declined to comment.

Article Link: Industrial Designer Marc Newson to Join Apple Under Jony Ive
 

akm3

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This is it. This is the first step in Ive retiring.

He's trying to find an iconic replacement figurehead so Apple still seems to be design driven so he can go back to England and enjoy being unbelievably rich.

2 years or less mark my words!
 

Sound214

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This is it. This is the first step in Ive retiring.

He's trying to find an iconic replacement figurehead so Apple still seems to be design driven so he can go back to England and enjoy being unbelievably rich.

2 years or less mark my words!

Marc my words.
 

treborn

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... iThink

First the watch, next Apple will create Glasses? Marc might just be the help needed to be trendy and poppy enough to compete with those companies that make a product based off of Apple rumors and wants.
 

jkichline

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Or...

This is it. This is the first step in Ive retiring.

He's trying to find an iconic replacement figurehead so Apple still seems to be design driven so he can go back to England and enjoy being unbelievably rich.

2 years or less mark my words!

Or it could be that there is a whole lot of design to be done. Remember last year or so, Ive was put in charge of all design of the company, not just hardware. They could be splitting the design load.

Design isn't easy and it takes real talent. Apple hired the best.
 

AppleFan115

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Great. Now Apple videos are going to be twice as long with two people saying "unapologetically plastic" and "aloo-minium."
 
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azentropy

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Surprise
I'm sure others have mentioned the though, but going on the record saying Apple will be releasing a Product (RED) iPhone or iWatch. This announcement and the rumors of U2/Bono being there Tuesday has to be leading towards something.
 

MacGuffin

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Newson's work

Ghastly, glitzy rubbish. The very sort of empty surface-oriented fashionable crap that would appeal to Vanity Fair or Bono.

Since the iOS disaster, Jony looks increasingly lost without Jobs to tell him when he sucks. He needs his worst instincts curbed and his best instincts honed. Clearly, the Howdy-Doody Tim Cook isn't the person to do it.
 

brewno

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God I just hope they don't have the hideous IOS7/8 icons in the watch, like the mock up picture.. There better be a nicer interface...
 

supermarkt

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not surprising. consider how big apple's product line has become in the last 24 months. Beats, iWatch, 2 sizes of iPads, 2 sizes of iPhones, plastic iPhone etc. It was inevitable that the design team would have to grow.
 

Planey28

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Ghastly, glitzy rubbish. The very sort of empty surface-oriented fashionable crap that would appeal to Vanity Fair or Bono.

Since the iOS disaster, Jony looks increasingly lost without Jobs to tell him when he sucks. He needs his worst instincts curbed and his best instincts honed. Clearly, the Howdy-Doody Tim Cook isn't the person to do it.

The 'iOS disaster'?... oh please... get over yourself.
 

teknikal90

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Geez. Apple is going all Manchester United lately.
less faith in internally grown talent, big cash on outside, already peaking talent.
 

Jiz

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Yep.
Jony picked his replacement.

He mentioned retiring a nfew years ago when Steve told him the bad news.
 

iSteve-O

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This guy's a genius. Pentax hired him to design their camera and he came up with this brick...

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