updated 07:53 am EDT, Fri October 11, 2013
Machined aluminum desk an original, not based on an existing product
Another object co-designed by Apple's Sir Jonathan Ive has appeared ahead of a charity auction, but rather than a gadget, this time it is furniture. The (RED) Desk by Jony Ive and Marc Newson will, like the one-off Leica M Rangefinder designed by the duo, will be auctioned off by Sotheby's in New York on November 23rd for the Product (RED) charity, with proceeds set to be used to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Africa.
The desk features a cellular surface pattern on the top, reports Moco Loco, with aluminum specialists Neal Feay Studio fabricating the item using machined aluminum. Unlike the Leica M Rangefinder, the desk is not a re-imagining or customization of existing products, something which could make the desk even more valuable, though an estimated price has not been revealed.
In an interview, Ive commented that he found it "a very odd and unusual thing to put this amount of love and energy into one thing, where you are only going to make one," referring to the Leica's 947 prototype parts, 561 models, and the help of 55 Apple engineers in its production.
Aside from the Leica and the desk, the same auction will also feature an Ive and Newson-customized 2012 Range Rover, a similarly customized Steinway & Sons Parlor Grand Piano, a pair of Apple EarPods in solid rose gold, and a Russian cosmonaut suit.