RED Desk (Jony Iva and Marc Newson 002)

If I had tens of thousands of dollars to burn on various objects of affection, I’d make a bid for this ultimate work desk, created by Apple’s senior vice president of design Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson. It’s another item among the more than 40 limited-edition objects designed by Ive and Newson and slated to be auctioned off on November 23 on the behalf of Bono’s Product RED initiative, well-regarded for its long-running partnership with Apple…

The signed one-of-a-kind table is of course machined from a solid block of aluminum.

The tabletop features an intricate jigsaw-like cellular surface pattern which was fabricated by aluminum specialists Neal Feay Studio, explains Ted Savage.

Check it out below.

RED Desk (Jony Iva and Marc Newson 001)

Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Those sculpted legs remind me of aircraft wings.

RED Desk (Jony Iva and Marc Newson 003)

I want one right now!

The Verge writes the (RED) Desk is not based on previous work so the uniqueness of the one-off object is sure to boost its auction value.

As we reported yesterday, Vanity Fair in its November 2013 issue ran an interesting interview with Ive and Newson detailing the collaboration on designing the unique Leica Rangefinder for Product (RED).

Among the highlights: the two men spent nine months creating the one-off Leica camera, which involved 947 different prototype parts and 561 different models before the final design was completed. About 55 Apple engineers assisted in the process, spending a collective total of 2,149 hours on the project.

Given the value of the time Ive, Newson and Leica’s own engineers put into the project, they expect it to hit well into six figures at Sotheby’s charity auction on November 23. Since 2006, Apple has raised more than $65 million for the charity, which was created to help fight AIDS in Africa.

Ive and Newson also designed a custom Steinberg grand piano and a 2012 Range Rover car for the auction.

  • Jonathan

    I’d buy that.

    • Moi

      Hi every body , I have a big question ( please, I need it to be answered )
      – if I buy a factory unlocked iphone 5 or 5s , will it work in my country with my carriers ? …. Knowing that I’m from Algeria and all carriers here are GSM
      If it does work , does it mean it will still work If I update to a newer ios ?
      I really need these questions to be answered …. So please go a head

      I’ll keep commenting this question in every new post till a get a good answer , sorry for this but I really need someone to light me

      • Jay Kay

        But ull have to swipe it first between ur butts, jerk

      • KingKon_NL

        And we’ll keep voting you down until you stop.

        If you want an answer to your question, either use google or find an iPhone/iOS forum, don’t litter the comments section with it…

      • AMB_07

        Unlike some idiots who commented before me I’ll actually give you some sort of answer.

        I know people who have been using factory unlocked iPhones on carriers in Lebanon and they also are GSM. So if your country’s carriers are anything like the ones in Lebanon you should be good to go.

        Worst part if it doesn’t work just sell it back.

        PS: I agree with KingKon_NL you shouldn’t litter the comment section next time. Try to search for a forum somewhere (and theres a LOT of those).

  • The Afroman

    Love me some Jony Ive.. but this is a plank with 2 legs. rounded.. yes.. but it’s just a plank.

    • Phanidroid

      It’s more than a plank… It’s beautiful

    • Matt Foot

      If you think this is “a plank”, then I would think you’d be the next candidate to be attributed that title.

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  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Thank goodness it’s not ‘unapologetically plastic’.

  • geekinit

    Before I buy this I need an video of Jony Ive talking about this table and pronouncing aluminum.

    • Moi

      Super funny , but really true

  • Mahjikk

    I can probably buy a solid block of aluminum, a machine, a copy of the signature, and a metal-worker, for probably less then half the price it’ll auction for. And then donate the full proceeds to charity, rather than just a percentage.

    But I’m too lazy.

    • Nate McKelvie

      Well I sure hope it could be made for less than it would auction for because otherwise the charity fundraiser wouldn’t be raising many funds!

  • Jay Kay

    I have no doubts on sir Ive design esthatics, but this is too much.

  • vs511

    “As we reported yesterday, Vanity Fair in its November 2013 issue” Vanity Fair and iDB have a time machine! 😮

  • Eyal Rotem

    It’s a desk for gods sake.

  • Taf Khan

    Are we sure it wasn’t ripped of a light aircraft.. 😛

    It does Look very nice..

  • Rares

    Hmmm… seems lickable

  • mav3rick

    Just keep him busy to stay away from user interface design.

    • Σαλαη αββας

      I don’t agree with you but that’s funny 😀

    • bigtalk

      yes i agree10000% Steve kept him far form UI design..

  • ozonostudio

    “i just re-invented the table…. aluminum” – Jony Ive

  • Filip Alexandrovich Parhimchik

    Whats up with him designing so many things recently. Watches, a camera, a table…

    • Σαλαη αββας

      That’s what I was thinking about

    • bigtalk

      and they all look just as boring s IOS7..

  • KewlDewd

    Wait, so is it aluminum-clad or solid aluminum?

  • Kamal Ahmad

    Anyone noticed the first picture looks like a car spoiler?

  • Palmer Paul

    Its not a Steinberg piano, its a Steinway & Sons Unique grand piano. Also, Sotheby’s is expecting the Leica camera to go into seven figures (not six, as Christian reported).

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    • mkay

      how much this mkay table gonna b?

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Send that moron Jonathan Ive to a place where the sun don’t shine.

  • Joe Binder

    Hearing a nasally Yank pronounce ‘Aluminium’ makes me cringe and want to cut off my ears with a blunt aluminium blade.