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Apple Designer Marc Newson Working Part-Time on Secret Project

by Killian Bell | October 2, 2014October 2, 2014 4:00 am PDT


Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, who joined Jony Ive’s team at Apple back in September, has confirmed he is working part-time on a new project for the Cupertino company. Like all Apple projects, however, it’s super secret — so Newson can’t tell us anything about it just yet.

In an interview with Dezeen magazine, Newson revealed that he is juggling his Apple project with ongoing commitments in the U.K. — where he and his company are still based — so he isn’t a full-time Apple employee. However, he’s happy to take on any design project the company asks him to.

“You know, I don’t really have a checklist of objects,” he told Dezeen’s Amy Frearson when asked if there’s anything in particular he’d like to have a go at designing. “I’m really happy to design anything because, fundamentally, for me, these are all on some level mechanical bits of engineering that differ only in the materials that they’re made from and the scale.”

Newson recently began work on a new Apple project, but like all things the company makes, it’s top secret until it is ready for its public unveiling — and even then there’s only so much that can be revealed. For instance, Newson couldn’t even confirm whether he played any part in helping Jony Ive design the Apple Watch that was unveiling alongside the iPhone 6 last month.

Newson was more than happy to talk about his love of beer, however, and he described at length a domestic draft beer machine he designed as part of a project with Dutch brewing company Heineken and appliance company Krups — which actually looks a little like Apple’s new Mac Pro turned on its side.


To read the full interview with Dezeen, just follow the link below.

Dezeen Designophy

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...