Marc Newson sets a world record with $3.7 million lounger

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Imagine lying on this and using your new Apple Watch Edition! Photo: Design Museum

Looking for a gorgeous chair to sit in while you get to grips with your brand new Apple Watch?

If you happen to have a spare seven-figure sum lying around, you could have snapped up this riveted aluminum and fiberglass beauty when it came up at auction yesterday — designed by none other than Jony Ive’s BFF and sometimes-Apple designer Marc Newson.

Initially created in 1990 as a limited batch of 15, the so-called Lockheed Lounge garnered a whopping $3.7 million at yesterday’s Design Day Auction at Phillips in London — a record amount of money for a piece of work created by a living designer at auction.

Despite looking — in the words of Newson — like a “globule of mercury,” the Lockheed Lounge is actually inspired by a chaise lounge from an 1800 portrait of Juliette Récamier by the French painter Jacques-Louis David.

Newson is known for turning his bold designer’s eye to a wide range of subjects — from Mac Pro-style beer kegs to an ornate classic shotgun. No wonder he’s only got the bandwidth to work at Apple part-time!

Source: Curbed