It might be the diversity of Marc Newson's output that has the Dezeen audience hooked. The prolific Australian designer is known for creating the most expensive design object sold at auction – his Lockhead Lounge for £2 million. But he's worked on everything from aircraft cabins to shoes and from concept cars to dish-drying racks.
This year was no exception. In the same 12 months as he created an £82,000 silver tea set with mammoth-ivory handles for Georg Jensen, Newson presented a colourful kettle and toaster for affordable kitchen appliances brand Sunbeam. And while he teamed up with Montblanc to launch a luxury pen plated with rare metals, he also worked with streetwear brand G-Star RAW on outfits that would be easy to throw together in the morning.
Now regularly designing at Apple – where he is thought to be heavily involved in both Apple's watch and automotive projects – Newson has a huge influence that continues to grow.