Marc Newson, world famous designer and close friend of Apple’s design chief Jony Ive has joined Apple. Newson has joined Ive’s design team and will be contributing on upcoming Apple products, Vanity Fair reports. Newson is best known for his watch company Ikepod, and Lockheed Lounge, an aluminum-covered chair he designed in 1986. He has previously worked with the Cupertino-based company on the special edition red Mac Pro which was auctioned last year.
“Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation,” Ive said. “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.”
Apple is known to put an incredible amount of energy behind its products’ design. With Newson’s arrival, the company would hope to reach new heights. Newson will remain in the United Kingdom and take on the role of senior vise president of design under Ive. At this point, Apple hasn’t specified the projects Newson will contribute to.
Apart from founding his watch company Ikepod, Newson has also worked with Swiss watchmakers; designed a concept car for Ford, constructed the interior concepts for Australian airline Qantas, Nike shoes, and Japanese mobile handsets.
The report also claims that Newson and Ive have been working on a secret project since last year. Given that Apple is expected to launch iWatch (as well as new iPhone 6) next week, perhaps that is the secret project Newson has contributed to.