In 1991, when Jonathan Ive was working at a London design firm, little did he know that sculpting bathroom sinks for one client would lead to a career crafting computers for another.
Or that he’d end up changing the way the world looks at technology.
That computer client was Apple.
Based on Ive’s work on the PowerBook it hired him full-time a year later. His charge: realize founder Steve Jobs’s edict to produce “insanely great” products, reported mensjournal.com back in 2004.
A beautifully crafted wash basin, on the other hand, achieves Ive’s platonic ideal, in which “form and function are one and the same.”
To achieve this with a computer takes a fiercely reductive rigor.
“We try to evolve and evolve a product until the inevitability of it almost appears undesigned,” Ive explained at that time.
The genius of Ive’s designs is that they are so perfectly obvious, like they just could not have come out any other way.
Today, Sir Jonathan Ive is the chief of design at Apple and is thus responsible for creating many of the most iconic technological components of our times including the iPod, the iPhone, and the MacBook Air.
His close friend, industrial designer Marc Newson, is responsible for pretty much the rest of the contemporary consumer product landscape.
Marc Newson has been described as the most 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 that include Trek, Quantas, Smeg, Samsonite, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Alessi, G-Star, and Pentax.
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.
Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions.
His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25 percent of the total contemporary design art market.
Now these two stars have teamed up to put their stamp on 40 items that were auctioned off last month at Sotheby’s flagship location in New York City, mensjournal.com reported last month.
The proceeds from this event went to benefit Bono’s (RED) charity and support the fight against H.I.V. in Africa.
These curated selections included a Castiglioni lamp, a Steinway grand piano, a window from the Space Shuttle, and a Leica camera.
They also included an Airstream 16 Sport travel trailer, for which Ive and Newson created a custom interior and wheels.
Since Bono’s charity is named (RED), the color is used as a signature feature on all of the auction product designs. For the Airstream, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson used red accent pillows.
The countertops and table reflect classic 1950s diner design, with clean white surfaces and ribbed-metal trim.
The louvered doors on the cubbies carry a slight airline aesthetic.
Black leather covers the banquettes, giving the interior a touch of an eighties vibe.
It is possible to cover the interior of an Airstream trailer with other materials. But why would you when the riveted aluminum is so crisp and perfectly modern?
The design of the custom wheels mimics the wheels of vintage Airstreams.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.