Marc Newson is tag-teaming design at Apple now with Jony Ive, but that’s not stopping him from working part-time on some incredible part-time projects. We saw Newson redesign the beer keg, now he’s taking aim at redesigning Berretta’s classic shotgun.
Berretta unveiled Newson’s redesign of its 486 shotgun at an event last night in London. The boomstick has been updated with a 21st century design, adding a new opening lever design to go with the intricate engravings.
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Newson’s update lowers the tail of the traditional receiver, adding more wood for warmth and to separate the safety from the receiver. This unique design makes the 486 by Marc Newson extremely elegant and instantly recognizable. Newson said the main focus for his design “was to simplify and rationalise all the surfaces. Specifically streamlining the area of the action.”
The engravings on the shotgun are an homage to Asia, homeland of the pheasant. Newson used a high-tech laser in the manufacturing process to make the intricate. The process was designed to give deeper contrast and sharper resolution to the texture.
Marc’s shotgun adds some minimalist touches to the traditional design with twin barrels without welding lines. Beretta says the barrels were cold-hammer forged, and built to last for generations