Images emerged on Friday of a custom aluminum desk co-designed by Apple's Jony Ive for Bono's Product(RED) charity auction, showing that Ive's minimalist aesthetic carries through even in furniture design.
The new images (via Moco Loco) of the one-of-a-kind (RED) Desk show that it is machined from solid aluminum. The piece was fabricated by Neal Fay Studio, a renowned group of aluminum specialists. Ive designed it along with collaborator Marc Newson, with whom he also designed a one-of-a-kind Leica camera.
In a break from the smooth facades that typify other Ive creations, the (RED) Desk features a mosaic pattern on its surface, with a pattern of angular segments of different shades breaking up the otherwise clinical look of the piece. One bit of text on the desk signifies its uniqueness, reading "Designed by Jony Ive & Marc Newson for (RED) 2013 edition 01/01."
The (RED) Desk will go on auction at Sotheby's in New York on November 23 alongside the Leica and a set of gold EarPods. In a recent interview, Ive said he expects that the Leica will fetch roughly $6 million at auction. Also on auction will be a customized grand piano and a 2012 Range Rover, both bearing Ive and Newson's touch.