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Claridge's Gets Festive with Apple Christmas Tree

Claridge’s Reveals Apple Duo Designed Christmas Tree

Designers Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson (both of Apple fame) have unveiled their latest project – the Claridge’s 2016 Christmas Tree.

The famous London hotel enlisted the help of Australian designer Newson and Apple’s Chief Design Officer Ive to create the festive installation, based on the concept of a magical forest described as “an immersive experience that plays with the relationship between nature and technology, tradition and the future and between three dimensions and two.”

The duo worked with British set designer Michael Howells on the scene, which features giant light boxes glowing with black and white images of snow-covered trees, natural and photographed silver birch and fir trees, and a canopy of natural green pine. Light settings recreate everything from celestial skies to sunrises.

“There are few things more pure and beautiful than nature, so that was our starting point, layering various iterations of organic forms with technology,” said the designers in a statement.

Marc Newson Chest of Drawers

Newson ‘Pod of Drawers’ Sold for One Million Euros

A chest of drawers designed by Apple designer Marc Newson was sold in a Paris auction for more than one million euros, more than twice its estimate.

The Australian-born designer’s “Pod of drawers” was bought by an Asian buyer for 1.019 million euros ($1.1 million), according to auction house Artcurial. The piece was created by Newson a 1987, when he was training as a jeweler.

Newson explained that he developed an interest in furniture design when he read European decorative art magazines left at his Sydney home by his Greek-born grandfather. The “Pod of drawers” itself was inspired by French Art Deco designer Andre Groult’s famous body-shaped furniture titled “Chiffonnier Anthromorphie”, Artcurial said. Newson of course is no stranger to creating desirable furniture, as evidenced by his Lockheed lounge chair.

“Entirely made by hand, the chest of drawers shows the fusion between European decorative arts and his know-how as an apprentice jeweler,” it added in a statement.

Two of Newson’s “Pod of drawers”, with their trademark curved lines made from aeroplane aluminum, are already on display in major museums, one at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the other at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

All the lots in its “Heavy Metal, 20 Design Masterpieces” sale were sold, Artcurial said, making a total of 2.7 million euros.

Claridge’s Christmas Tree Gets Apple Makeover

Claridge’s Christmas Tree Gets Apple Makeover

One of the world’s most famous Christmas trees will be getting an Apple makeover this year… Luxury London hotel Claridge’s announced last week that its annual Christmas tree will be designed this year by Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, and Marc Newson. Both Ive and Newson are currently at Apple Inc.

Widely recognized as two of the world’s most influential designers, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Sir Jony Ive is the designer of Apple products such as the MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, while Marc Newson, CBE, has worked with some of the most prestigious brands in the world and is currently Brand Ambassador for Qantas Airways and Designer for Special Projects at Apple. Newson is particularly remembered for the Lockheed Lounge, one of our favorites here.

Interestingly, news reports reveal that Ive and Newson are also long-time friends of the legendary Mayfair hotel. Well, the hotel’s Christmas tree has become a seasonal landmark and draws both visitors and Londoners alike to admire its festive design.

This is the seventh year that Claridge’s has invited a favorite guest to design the tree in their own unique style, with Paul Jackson, Claridge’s General Manager commenting that, “Christmas has always been a truly special time of year at Claridge’s and we are delighted to welcome our friends Jony and Marc to spread their legendary creative magic this year. We truly believe their innovative spirit and ground-breaking approach will make this year’s annual tradition one to remember for our guests.”

The tree will be unveiled in Claridge’s lobby on Friday, November 18, 2016.

Louis Vuitton Packs Up New Rolling Luggage

Looks like Louis Vuitton is set on dominating the realm of luxury travel again – its latest collaboration with Marc Newson, the New Rolling Luggage, is a reinvention of its iconic trunks, only made better with technology.

Crafted from a revolutionary self-reinforced polypropylene composite, Newson translated his expertise in product design to the series to make it lighter, thinner and more shock-absorbent. Other thoughtful features such as an external anodized extendable cane and new transversal side hinge eliminate unnecessary grooves and a 180-degree opening respectively. The TSA-approved luggage also features a revolutionary zip-lock system that’s designed to minimize damage and stress points while reducing weight.

And because this is Louis Vuitton we’re talking about here, expect each luggage to be coated in its signature range of leathers, including the iconic Monogram Damier canvases and brightly-hued Epi leather. Available in two sizes, the collection is available at Marina Bay Sands, Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard Singapore.

Head over to L’Officiel.com to find out more about this collaboration.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Louis Vuitton Hadirkan New Rolling Luggage

Louis Vuitton Cindy Sherman trunk

Louis Vuitton campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld unveiled

Louis Vuitton Cindy Sherman trunk

Louis Vuitton has unveiled the ad campaign for its collaboration with six of the most creative talents working in art, design, architecture and fashion.

The new  campaign was shot by Karl Lagerfeld, and features top models Australian Julia Nobis and Dane Freja Beha Erichsen.

Louis Vuitton Christian Louboutin bag

Shoe designer  has added his signature metallic studs and red lacquered leather to his effort, while Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) has taken a typically considered approach to her tote design, cutting holes in the side of the bag.

Louis Vuitton Rei Kawakubo bag

Artist Cindy Sherman worked on a traveling trunk ‘studio on the move’ with a built in make-up mirror and a camera bag, while architect  kept things simple with a small twisted box bag.

Louis Vuitton Frank Gehry bag

Not willing to be outshone in the creativity stakes,  himself got combative with his design, turning the classic leather monogram into a pair of boxing gloves and a punchbag-shaped bucket bag.

Louis Vuitton Karl Lagerfeld boxing gloves

To round out the project, Aussie designer  created a backpack, and the new Apple employee got colorful with his shearling and monogram designs.

Louis Vuitton Marc Newson backpack

Vuitton has built a minisite with plenty of exclusive content, but you’ll have to contact the brand directly to get your hands on the exclusive pieces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Pieces To Go on Auction at (RED) Auction

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 561 by Marc Newson clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre has created two custom watches set to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York City for the RED campaign to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Ready to go under the hammer on November 23, both the Atmos 561 by Marc Newson clock and the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea watch have been given special red color accents for the auction.

The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea was remade as a tribute to the legendary diver’s watch from 1959. The luxury watch features a red dial and the RED logo engraved on the case-back.

The Atmos 561 was customized by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson and sports red accents on the hands, the month indication and the calibre’s logo, as well as a RED and Marc Newson logo on the back

Other luxury items in the sale include a red Hermès riding saddle (estimated at $100,000 – $150,000) and a pair of bespoke Christian Louboutin studded boots (estimated at $20,000 – $30,000).

Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea

Dom Perignon Cooler Marc Newson

Dom Perignon ’Kyoto’ Cooler by Marc Newson

Dom Perignon Cooler Marc Newson

Dom Perignon have teamed up with renowned australian designer Marc Newson to create the ’Kyoto’ champagne cooler for Dom Perignon.

It was developed with the help of Japanese company, Seikado and is made up of a metal bodu which is perfect for cooling the champagne.


Featuring a sleek minimalistic design, the champagne cooler is inspired by the armor of Japanese military nobles.

Qantas A380 first class

Qantas A380 First Class Suite

Qantas A380 Social area

The first class cabin of Qantas’s A380 super-jumbos, designed by Marc Newson, looks astonishingly like the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek, reports Daily Mail.

The interior includes LCD touch panels, leather seating, plants, sheepskin-covered full-length beds and more than 1,000 videos to choose from.

Each berth even has a dresser for storing clothes – naturally, pyjamas are provided and there are just 14 berths in the whole cabin.
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Ikepod Hourglass Only Watch 2011

The Ikepod Hourglass for Only Watch 2011

Ikepod Hourglass Only Watch 2011

This one-of-a-kind Hourglass by Marc Newson will be auctioned off at Only Watch 2011 in Monaco tonight.

Technically, there are no difference between this and the traditional hourglass from Basel 2010 , but the red tinted glass is absolutely beautiful.

Needless to say, the Ikepod Hourglass is one of those items that would be such a thrill to be able to display on one’s desk, coffee table etc.
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Aquariva By Marc Newson

Australian designer Marc Newson has designed a speed boat in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design for Italian boat brand Riva.

Newson’s design for the Aquariva vessel is unique in its conception, as well as the materials chosen.

A wood-like, textile-based laminate (phenolic composite) was used for the deck area and instrument panel.

This material was developed in the first half of the 20th century, and was a precursor to fibreglass.
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Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos 566 By Marc Newson

The Jaeager-LeCoultre Atmos 566 clock by Australian designer Marc Newson is a fantastic timepiece that gives an entirely new dimension to time telling.

The Atmos 566 is housed in a Baccarat crystal bubble (shown below in a stunning blue) which surrounds JLC’s new movement, the 566 calibre.

The movement features hour, minute, and month functions as well as equation of time and a sky chart displaying the night sky which is detailed with cardinal points and astrological signs.
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Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge Sells for $1.6M

An aluminum “Lockheed Lounge” chair by Marc Newson, once used in a Madonna video, sold today in London for 1.1 million pounds ($1.6 million), an auction record for a piece of contemporary design art.

The Lockheed Lounge reminiscent of some thing the aero space industry may have produced is a well rounded metal structure that takes on a new look from all angles.

Dom Perignon II champagne cooler

Gluxe informs us that a Brand new Dom Perignon II champagne cooler is available

If you’re on the go this summer and don’t want to shlep a full bucket of ice, keep the bottle of Dom chilled in this aluminum champagne cooler designed by Marc Newson, as elegant as the bubbles inside

Price: $1,000 – Available at Moss!
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