Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson designed an all-diamond ring for charity

Renowned designer Marc Newson and Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, have joined forces. Exclusive to (RED) by Diamond Foundry, Newson and Ive designed a unique diamond ring. The (RED) Diamond Ring will go up for auction at Sotheby’s auction house in Miami on December 5. This will also be the third (RED) auction, with proceeds going to a charity fighting AIDS.

Apple design head Sir Jonathan Ive and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson created a ring entirely from a single diamond for sale at a charity auction. Produced exclusively for an upcoming (RED) charity auction at Design Miami on December 5, the ring will be completely diamond without the traditional metal band.

The (RED) Diamond Ring was created from an unusually sized stone, allowing the ring to be made entirely of diamond. To achieve this, the solid stone has been faceted several thousand times. In order to create the shape of a ring, the inside was removed by means of a micrometer thick water jet with a laser beam inside. The result is a ring size with an inner diameter of 15.6 mm. All this makes the (RED) Diamond Ring the first finished ring to contain between 2000-3000 facets – according to auctioneers Sotheby’s..

The (RED) Diamond Ring will be created by Diamond Foundry, a San Francisco-based diamond producer that uses proprietary technology and is certified carbon neutral. It will be crafted bespoke for the buyer and made to fit up to a US size 5. Sotheby’s estimate is that the ring will go for $150,000 to $250,000. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. If that’s the case, this ring ought to provide a lifetime of companionship.

Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive and Newson’s design is singular, clear and un-compromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create ‘diamond rings’


Jony Ive and Marc Newson are friends and frequent collaborators who have worked together at Apple, where Ive is chief design officer. They also curated the last (RED) auction in 2013, for which they designed a one-off Leica camera, and put their own spin on a Christmas tree for Claridge’s Hotel in London, in 2016.

Among the other pieces for auction on December 5 a red-tinted take on Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial table, as well as unique metallic red versions of David Adjaye’s Washington Collection Corona Coffee Table and Skeleton Chairs for Knoll. 

This is the third such auction organised by (RED), the charity started by U2 musician and activist Bono to fight HIV/AIDS.

The live auction will be conducted on the evening of 5 December 2018 at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. More than 50 works will be up for auction in total, and they’ll be exhibited publicly at the same location from 1 to 7 December.

Louis Vuitton Launches Nature-Inspired Candle Collection



Maison Louis Vuitton has announced that its in-house perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, the man behind its fragrances, has created a new range of four candles to expand upon the brand’s olfactory offering.

The ceramic pots that house the candles have been designed by Marc Newson, who crafted the bottles of Les Parfum Louis Vuitton. Each candle has a handle made of natural leather, which is attached via metal studs, with a gold-finish metal lid doubling as a coaster.

The scents, as described by the French Maison, were imagined ‘like a house with windows open to the world’ capturing the essence of a breeze travelling from the outdoors, in. The four fragrances have been composed like snapshots of moments suspended in time, which can be relived when the candle is lighted anew.


Louis Vuitton L’Air du Jardin

L’Air du Jardin invokes the spirit of rosebuds. It bottles the scent of the rose centifolia that blossoms in Grasse each spring.


Louis Vuitton Île Blance

Île Blance, an imaginary island where the air is fresh with ocean spray, the sun and white cotton, embodied in the scent through the use of orange, jasmine sambac from China as well as neroli and cardamom


Louis Vuitton Feuilles d’Or

Feuilles d’Or which gives the impression of walking through the woods with notes of Indonesian patchouli and Virginia cedar combining to transport your senses.


Louis Vuitton Dehors Il Neige

Dehors Il Neige inspired by the smell of a fireplace crackling inside whilst it snows outside made using star anise and cinnamon (to recall holiday memories in December) and finished with raspberry.


Designed by Marc Newson, the candles are cast in handmade white ceramic pots that will look good literally anywhere you decide to put them, both whilst the candle is burning and when it is finished. The containers also have a natural leather hand-sewn handle, a gold lid and are finished with a fun detail: colourful wicks which were hand-painted in Grasse.

The candles will retail at €175 (approximately $203) and are available to buy from November 5 online and in selected stores. Watch out! You might never want to leave your house!





Marc Newsome and Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 568 takes you back to the future



Australian designer Marc Newson has designed his third Atmos clock, powered by air and cased in handmade Baccarat crystal.

Celebrated watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and industrial designer Marc Newsome have worked together several times before on Atmos clock models and have wowed us each time. The latest model in the Atmos series promises the same innovation and technical complexity as those that came before it. Jaeger-LeCoultre and Newsome have recently revealed the Atmos 568 clock which is actually housed in a Baccarat crystal cabinet.


The transparent crystal gives the clock a cool futuristic look and evokes a feeling of clean minimalism. The Atmos was originally created in 1928 and runs on the strength of a mix of gases hermetically sealed inside a capsule. The gases expand and contract with temperature changes in the room, their expansion swell the bellows of the accordion and power the clock. Even minute changes of a single degree are enough to keep the clock running for two days.


For the new 568 version, Newsome has redesigned most of the visible parts including the hands, dial, case and counterbalance.


When looked at through the front of the clock, the mechanism appears to float in midair, but a look through the back reveals the points at which it has been secured in place.


Bold blue numerals mark the indices and the month marker is part of the transparent dial. Moon phases are indicated on a white moon and blue sky at 6 o clock.

I asked myself: to what extent could I express myself within that object? And that, in fact, was the real challenge. … Despite the careful consideration for designing the interior elements, the “wow factor” of this clock is the Baccarat crystal case with its rounded cube shape. However the case was extremely complex to fabricate, there was an enormous amount of work and development required to perfect the shape.

Marc Newsome

The clock is a rounded cube, with the crystal at certain places being only 13mm thick to amplify that feeling of lightness and airiness.


While the previous Newson clocks were limited editions, the Atmos 568 is part of the regular collection.

Marc Newson reinterprets the Atmos clock by reworking its classical style while preserving all its essential features, allowing an icon of watchmaking to become an icon of style. Unveiling its secrets little by little, the Atmos 568 will intrigue the gaze of connoisseurs of beautiful objects.

The Atmos 568 by Marc Newson (ref. Q5165107) is available from both Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques and retailers starting December 2016, priced at $28,000. The clock features both brand names and promises to be a showstopper at the 2017 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.




Marc Newson Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new collection of rolling luggage created in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson. Amazingly lightweight and sturdy, the new Louis Vuitton luggage is expressly designed for the 21st century traveler.

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Marc Newson

Australia’s most lauded design export, Marc Newson, has again collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a range of rolling Luggage that marries the designer’s signature predilection for curvilinear forms and bold colours with the ‘Art of Travel’ ethos that underpins the storied French house

I feel that I am in many ways kind of uniquely placed to be able to do that, as a consumer more so than a designer

Marc Newson

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Marc Newson’s designs, 18 months in development, eventuated in an increased internal volume of 15%

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What compelled me to join forces with Louis Vuitton was the challenge to design a great piece of Luggage, because like a lot of people, I travel a lot

Marc Newson

Dropping in stores from July 15 and online from September 30, Vuitton and Newson’s rolling trunks were 18 months in the making and are a surefire sign that haute hand Luggage has reached its zenith. Each piece boast, per Vuitton, ‘a new type of self-reinforced polypropylene composite, essentially representing the structure of the trunk, moulded in a mesh matrix of several layers’, – meaning he cases are both light and able to withstand the rigours of travel.


The Louis Vuitton x Newson trunk will be availble in the signature Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier check print, Graphite, Taiga leather and in natural cowhide leather that comes in seven colors of Epi leather.


Other innovattions include ‘a transversal side hinge’ that allows for a complete 180 degree opening; a three-diget TSA approved combination lock to secure your invaluable assets and a single zip – all in the name of reducing weight and streamlining your time in transit, and all of wich are patent pending.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re striving to break new ground in terms of developing a product which is one of the lightest on the market, and from a technical perspective is one of the most rigorously designed and engineerd

Marc Newson

Alongside the classic monographed models, Newson’s of New Rolling Luggage includes bright orange, pink and yellow versions with only minimal logos.



The four-wheeled suitcases – which come in mini, cabin and maxi sizes – feature extendable handles that retract into the outside edge of the trunks, so as not to interfere with packing space.



The smallest of the lightweight bags in the collection weight just 2.9 kilograms, but its internal space is 13 per cent larger than similar bags.



A side handle for carrying and a padlock system have also been built into the side of the trunk

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Australian designer Marc Newson has reinvented Louis Vuitton iconic trunks, making them lighter and more spacious on the inside (+ slideshow).

Newson has previously worked with Vuitton on the creation of a leather and shearling backpack ‘Celebrating Monogram’.