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Hands-off with millions of dollars worth of Product (RED) items designed by Apple's Jony Ive

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A new Product (RED) cylindrical Mac Pro, golden EarPods, a one-of-a-kind Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera, and other products designed by Apple's Jony Ive are now on display in New York City ahead of a charity auction later this week. AppleInsider was on-hand Tuesday an exclusive up-close --?but hands-off -- look at the items that will be sold for a good cause.

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The items chosen and curated by Ive, Apple's design chief, along with influential industrial designer Marc Newson will be auctioned off this Saturday to benefit The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. They include a a one-of-a-kind Leica camera, a red next-generation Mac Pro, and gold-plated Apple EarPods, all of which are now on exhibition at Sotheby's New York.

While all 44 of the auction's lots were selected by Ive and Newson, many of the items were also subjected to further customization by the design duo. Ive's signature sleek aesthetic is in evidence with the deep red coloration of Apple's new cylindrical Mac Pro and the laser-machined aluminum chassis of a custom-designed Leica rangefinder, while Newson's more organic style influences a handmade aluminum desk and the bespoke display stand that holds a space shuttle window.

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French fashion house Herm?s and footwear designer Christian Louboutin contributed one-off pieces created under Ive and Newson's direction, and still more items -- like Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni's iconic "Snoopy" lamp and Henning Koppel's "Pregnant Duck" pitcher -- received red-tinted touches prescribed by the designers.

The auction, dubbed "Jony and Marc's (RED) Auction," is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Sotheby's New York. The pieces can be seen on exhibition each of the next four days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m at the auction house's Upper East Side Manhattan location, on York Avenue near 71st street.

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The full list of unique Product (RED) items that Ive is credited with having contributed to the design are:
  • Mac Pro
  • Gold Apple EarPods
  • 2013 Range Rover

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  • Dom Perignon Enotheque 1966 Magnum in Custom Red Cooler
  • Achille and Pier Giacomo Gastiglioni "Arco" Lamp
  • Herm?s "Cavale" Saddle
  • Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera
  • Neil Fay Studio mosaic-patterned aluminum desk

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  • U.S. Space Shuttle thermal window on custom stand designed by Ive and Newson
  • Steinway & Sons Unique "Red Pops for (RED)" Parlor Grand Model A Piano

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post #2 of 35
I know they are trying to pitch RED as some sort of worthwhile charity that Bono cooked up, but it's not that big of a deal to anodize aluminum in different colors.

If someone REALLY wants a different color bad enough, you have to strip the unit down to the bare metal case, send it to a company that will strip the original anodizing and then do a different decorative coating, there's a lot of different kinds and colors to choose from, it's just more expensive in involved with finding what's available.
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own the worlds worst headphones, NOW AVAILABLE IN GOLD!

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The 8th photo down has a reflection of a Storm Trooper.
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I want the storm trooper that shows in the reflection of the Mac Pro.

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Is that a storm trooper in the reflexion on the the macpro
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Darn, just noticed two people beat me!!
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Meh. Most of the stuff looks gaudy, ostentatious, and aesthetically mediocre. I say this as someone who owns multiple Product (RED) items from Apple.

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The Piano looks nice. I would take it 1smile.gif
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Meh. Most of the stuff looks gaudy, ostentatious, and aesthetically mediocre. I say this as someone who owns multiple Product (RED) items from Apple.
How can something be gaudy, ostentatious and mediocre at the same time? Also, what exactly is ostentatious? To me that doesn't go with "meh".
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Should be a good auction. Lots of beautiful stuff.

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How can something be gaudy, ostentatious and mediocre at the same time? Also, what exactly is ostentatious? To me that doesn't go with "meh".

Screams Liberace-chic to me (see e.g., http://ishamcook.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/liberace2-darryl.jpg). All those adjectives fit.

 

The 'meh'? Because it leaves me cold.

 

No offense intended. Tastes vary.

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It would be nice if Mr. Ive would leave Apple and spend 100% of his time promoting his design work somewhere else instead of making ios7 and (increasingly) Mavericks a monument to his taste at the expense of operational reliability and ease of use.  

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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
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Not really a fan of the art style that has been created by this, but boy howdy do I ever want this piece.

 

It’s from the space shuttle, people. The least focused part of NASA’s history, yes, but it went to space. It’s like owning a part of Sputnik.

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1) I want to know what the specs of the Mac Pro are? IOWs, did they skimp out on the internals by not putting in the highest 12-core chip, GPUs, and RAM that will be available to users?

2) That Space Shuttle art is really appealing.

3) I would love to have that Range Rover. The red accents are nice without looking gaudy like most of the stuff.
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Nice but most of the products here (with the exception of the earphones, aluminium table and Leica camera) are just standard items with a lick of red paint added.
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own the worlds worst headphones, NOW AVAILABLE IN GOLD!

 

These new headphones are a hell of a lot better than the previous Apple headphones. Now those really sucked.

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Not sure what this is but it kind of looks like Daffy Duck with a mask and a gag....



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How can something be gaudy, ostentatious and mediocre at the same time? Also, what exactly is ostentatious? To me that doesn't go with "meh".

Quite easily, IMO. Pretty much anything that I would describe as gaudy and ostentatious is also aesthetically mediocore by virtue of the fact that it's either trying to hard to be original or unique or whomever designed it simply didn't know it went from just enough to way to much.
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Not sure what this is but it kind of looks like Daffy Duck with a mask and a gag....

 

 

It's a red riding saddle for some really rich hillbillies.

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I put in a 1000 USD bid for the MacPro. I hope I get it! I intend to repaint it a gloss black. Wouldn't that look cool!!!
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I want the storm trooper that shows in the reflection of the Mac Pro.

One storm trooper is of little value.

You need at least 10,000 to control even the smallest plant.

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I wonder why they decided to make these one-offs instead of putting them into production. I think the red Mac Pro looks pretty darn cool, but I'm sure I couldn't afford the auction version. I would think that if you charged $250 more for the Red version it would fly off the shelves ...
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Why is there a storm trooper helmet in the reflection of the Mac Pro?
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It would be nice if Mr. Ive would leave Apple and spend 100% of his time promoting his design work somewhere else instead of making ios7 and (increasingly) Mavericks a monument to his taste at the expense of operational reliability and ease of use.  


Go buy a Nexus7 and report to us on your findings.

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I would love to have that Range Rover. The red accents are nice without looking gaudy like most of the stuff.

The uptick isn't that high, really. $100,000 - $125,000
https://paddle8.com/work/range-rover/21689-range-rover

Of course, if some else also likes it it might become more expensive.

For that money, I just might take the Fiat:

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The 8th photo down has a reflection of a Storm Trooper.

Also from Jony & Marc:

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post #28 of 35
Yeah....the piano is fantastic.
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Wee (bit) arty (farty) for me, but the (red) Mac Pro is (pretty) nice. Ah, it's (for) charity so (I) won't pick (on) it.

Wouldn't mind having that big desk/table thing, either. Put a big iMac and a Cinema display to either side on that bad boy.
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Go buy a Nexus7 and report to us on your findings.

C'mon.  don't be ridiculous.  The simple fact that Mr. Ive is a designer who has imposed his will on iOS and osx does not get me to leave Apple.  I am, however, extremely interested in making certain that Apple does not revert to what I refer to as the "bad days" when Steve was gone and all sorts of stupid ideas manifested themselves.  

 

You seem to think that one man cannot totally louse up a corporation...or save it.  I submit to you that one man is usually responsible for the success or failure of a corporation.  Consider:  Steve Jobs and Apple.  Fred Smith and FedEx.  Allan Mullally and his success at Ford.  The massive changes at Southwest Airlines since the departure of Herb Kelleher.  the story goes on and on.  The vision of one single man can and does normally account for the success or failure of almost any business.  

 

Be careful not to be trapped by your love of design at the possible expense of function.  

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C'mon.  don't be ridiculous.  The simple fact that Mr. Ive is a designer who has imposed his will on iOS and osx does not get me to leave Apple.  I am, however, extremely interested in making certain that Apple does not revert to what I refer to as the "bad days" when Steve was gone and all sorts of stupid ideas manifested themselves.  

You seem to think that one man cannot totally louse up a corporation...or save it.  I submit to you that one man is usually responsible for the success or failure of a corporation.  Consider:  Steve Jobs and Apple.  Fred Smith and FedEx.  Allan Mullally and his success at Ford.  The massive changes at Southwest Airlines since the departure of Herb Kelleher.  the story goes on and on.  The vision of one single man can and does normally account for the success or failure of almost any business.  

Be careful not to be trapped by your love of design at the possible expense of function.  

I'm glad you don't work for Apple.
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To Acquies: 

 

I'm not qualified to work for Apple...and I know it.  On the other hand, I might suggest that you study history before you make ultimate judgements.  History does repeat itself.  

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​Beautiful... But the sad part is companies like Shitdung will actually steal design cues and, and when litigation does happen, will keep denying it, delaying it, accepting it, delaying it, and firing back at the plaintiff and delaying it.

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Why are some so negative and then why do have they have to comment. Truth will out. It looks like a worthy cause. What's wrong with that? If you are not into helping those with AIDs, there's other charities such as malaria.

Why are some mean? Who would want to "live" around them?
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To Acquies: 

I'm not qualified to work for Apple...and I know it.  On the other hand, I might suggest that you study history before you make ultimate judgements.  History does repeat itself.  

Sure, Steve Jobs dying means Apple is doomed. We get it! Run for the hills, barton down the hatches, and nail crooked piece of wood across the windows. Doomed!
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