It is a long process, but you don’t need to be over 65 to be considered a pioneer in your career. Each year, THE DESIGN PRIZE recognises a creative contribution which has left a significant mark on the field, indicating new directions of innovation and paving the way for future generations to come.
This year, the award went to Sydney-born designer Marc Newson.
Marc Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. His reach is broad and hugely diverse. in the past, his work has included body jets, jets, aircraft interiors, cars, he re-designed the Beretta woodbridge shotgun, photo cameras, watches, footwear, luggage, a boat for Riva and a fountain pen for Montblanc. The legendary designer joined Apple as senior vice president of design under Jonathan Ive and has also produced beautifully crafted, limited-edition furniture, including the incredible lockhead lounge (1986). In a world where the distinction between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred, Newson is a trailblazer, pursuing parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than twenty years. Marc Newson currently lives and works in London.