Jony Ive and Marc Newson
- Jony Ive and Marc Newson
- The (RED) Desk
- Precision machined and anodised aluminium
- 29 x 100 x 39 inches (73.7 x 254 x 99.1 cm)
When it came to designing a completely new object specifically for this auction, Jony and Marc knew they wanted to work in aluminium, a material that has long fascinated them. Their creation is a monolithic desk with an aerodynamic form machined from solid pieces of aluminium. It was produced by Neal Feay Studio in Santa Barbara, and the firm's principal considers The (RED) Desk to be a "historic piece with no precedent." The edge of the desk is extremely thin, almost blade-like, but perhaps the most entrancing aspect of the desk is its surface, with a unique cellular pattern that the designers liken to a jigsaw puzzle, with 185 pieces that seem to fit together. With its sublime combination of scale, detail, and refinement - and an innovative manufacturing process that made it possible - this desk is a perfect exemplar of the ideals embodied in Jony and Marc's curation of the (RED) Auction.