Apple’s design guru Sir Jonathon Ive has designed a sleek aluminum desk with industrial designer Marc Newson for the (RED) Auction 2013, a curated selection of Ive and Newson’s favorite designs, including those by Flos, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton, as well as two pieces specifically designed for the auction.
The (RED) Desk is crafted from solid pieces of aluminum, with an aerodynamic form and a unique honeycomb pattern on its tabletop. The desk was produced by the Neal Feay Studio in Santa Barbara.
Along with the desk, Ive and Newson worked together to create a limited edition Leica camera, a full-frame camera that has a 50mm f/2 lens and is based on Leica’s M model. The camera’s design underwent hundreds of prototypes, and was produced with an aluminum body in the same vein as the desk.
The aluminum desk and the camera are the only two auction pieces that are originally designed by Ive and Newson.
The (RED) Auction, which will be on exhibit at Sotheby’s New York from November 18th to the 23rd, is part of the Product Red organization co-founded by Bono of U2 and Bobby Shriver. Proceeds will benefit the Global Fund to fight diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.