With the new Ikepod Black Hole, a limited edition of 66, Marc Newson's iconic watches are backâ€”this time with more expensive materials, extensive (re)designs and overall exclusivity. Only advertised as silhouette, no images are shown until the potential owners buy it. I met with new owner and prominent art collector Adam Lindemann in his New York office to discuss the rebirth of the brand famously represented by flightless birds. For my full article, get QP magazine's 2007 issue #24.
The cases have been redesigned to allow for Newson's originally intended perfect ellipse, now only made of precious metals and fit with better movements. While Ikepod was in hibernation, Newson's reputation grew considerably with a record breaking sales like his famous 1980s Lockheed Lounge which recently sold at Sotheby's for nearly a million dollarsâ€”the most ever for a living designer. Newson has also been exhibited more as an artist than a designer with his recent show at the influential Gagosian Gallery in New York City.