Celebrity designer Marc Newson makes the jump to Apple

Apple is already known for being a design powerhouse, but its design cred is about to get much more impressive. Internationally acclaimed industrial designer Marc Newson is joining Apple’s ranks, working under Apple’s chief creative light Jony Ive, according to a report Friday in Vanity Fair.

Newson is no stranger to working with some of the world’s biggest corporations: He’s done projects for Ford, Quantas, Pentax and Samsonite. He’s perhaps most famous for his furniture, which exhibits his curvilinear, biomorphic approach to design. Newson and Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, have long been friends and have collaborated in the past.

A Newson chair design / Source: Marc Newson LTD

A Newson chair design / Source: Marc Newson LTD

“Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation,” Ive told Vanity Fair. “He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective.”

According to Vanity Fair, Newson will be an Apple employee but will also work on his own projects independently of Apple. As for what Apple products he will work on, the company is apparently remaining mum, but given Ive’s new expanded role overseeing both software and hardware design, it’s conceivable that Newson could wind up picking up some of Ive’s slack in the hardware department.

Be sure and check out Gigaom’s Roadmap conference in San Francisco this November, which will focus on the increasing importance of design in the tech industry.