Marc Newson, the Australian industrial designer known for his passion for melding art and technology, was awarded the London Design Medal on Wednesday at the London Design Festival.
Though you may not recognize the name Marc Newson, chances are you recognize Newson's work.
Newson designed the space plane for EADS Astrium in 2007.
The famous "Lockheed Lounge" chair that fetched record-breaking auction sums for a living designer was designed by Newson in 1985.
So was the O21C Concept Car for Ford Motor in 1999.
Newson also designed the Talby cell phone for the Japanese-based company KDDI.
The Megapode watch for the Ikepod Watch Company was designed by Newson. The chronograph includes a circular slide rule and can be used to calculate fuel consumption, or plot range and distance for pilots, as well as keep date and time. "Never has so much information fit onto a watch dial" is the Megapode's claim to fame.
The "Skybed" for Qantas airlines, the Qantas lounge in Sydney, Australia, and most recently, the cabin for the Qantas Airbus A380 "Superjumbo" jet were designed by Newson.
Other famous Marc Newson designs include bicycles for Biomega, bathroom fixtures for Ideal Standard, furniture for Cappellini, household objects for Alessi and a sneaker for Nike.