Marc Newson named Designer of the Year

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Design Miami has named Marc Newson as its 2006 Designer of the Year. The Australian-born, London-based designer is the second recipient of the award, which went to Zaha Hadid in 2005.

The annual award recognises "a prominent designer whose work demonstrates quality, innovation, and influence, pushing the boundaries of art, architecture and design" and each winner is asked to create a permanent, site-specific installation in Miami Design District, the location for Design Miami.

Newson has agreed to redesign the railings at Miami's Design & Architecture Senior High in time for next year's Design Miami. He will also give a talk on Saturday 9 December at the school. Last year, Zaha Hadid created a sculptural installation called Elastika in the atrium of the Moore building - one of the venues used by the fair.

Design Miami takes place in the Florida city from 8-10 December this year.