Oh, I wish I were able to afford everything Jony Ive serves up for Apple, but at least I get to drool over products and concepts he and Apple newbie Marc Newson will be concocting for our appreciative palates. Legions of us are terribly grateful for their exquisite visual taste and functional sensibilities that compel other designers to raise the bar, to see and feel things differently.

Jony Ive and Marc Newson

“Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation,” Ive said in a statement provided to Vanity Fair Daily. “He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective.”

“I’m full of admiration and respect for the extraordinary design work that has been produced by Jony and the team at Apple,” Newson said. “My close friendship with Jony has not only given me a unique insight into that process, but the opportunity to work together with him and the people that have been responsible. I am enormously proud to join them.”