Late last week Apple made the announcement that legendary industrial designer Marc Newson would be joining the company, working alongside Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive on future products. For those who don't know, that's pretty big news. Australian-born Newson is one of the world's most well-respected designers, with an unfeasibly eclectic back catalogue of work that spans everything from furniture to space travel and includes brands such as Nike, Ford, Pentax and Dom Perignon.

What this means for future generations of Apple products is anyone's guess, but it's bound to be exciting. While we sit and speculate over exactly what kind of groundbreaking results the pairing of Ive and Newson will produce, here are 10 of Marc's most incredible bits of work to date (we're seriously hoping no. 10 makes an appearance somewhere down the line).

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1. Lockheed Lounge (1988)

Starts in life don't come much more prodigious than the Lockheed Lounge. This remarkable piece of furniture was part of Newson's first work as a university postgraduate, and went on to become one of his most famous when it was sold in 2009 for £1.1 million (around $1.6 million). The shape was inspired by a traditional French chaise longue, while the surface was made up of hundreds of individual aluminium plates, each one polished and riveted to the body to give the appearance of an aircraft fuselage (hence: Lockheed). The chair famously appeared in the video to Madonna's 1992 hit "Rain," further boosting Newson's profile as a celebrity in his own right.

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2. Voronoi Shelf (2007) 

The Voronoi Shelf is based on the mathematical Voronoi Algorithm (named after the Russian mathematician of the same name), which divides a particular space into a series of tessellating "cells" by using a set of points to define their irregular size and shape. While that might sound like a complex enough concept for a piece of furniture, Newson opted to carve his shelving unit from a single five-ton block of veined Carrara marble, just to really up the stakes.

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3. Ikepod Horizon Watch (2007)

Swiss watchmaker Ikepod was cofounded by Newson, and as such is lucky enough to draw on his considerable design skills for their timepieces. The results have ranged from traditional, aircraft-inspired dials through to more conceptual numbers like the Horizon Watch pictured above, and even a traditional hourglass (not for wearing on the wrist, thankfully). Could this past experience help inform the future design of Apple's iWatch? We'll wait and see.

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4. Astrium SpacePlane Interior (2006-7)

As a self-confessed astrophile, Newson was only too happy when he was asked to design the interior of the EADS (that's European Aeronatic Defence and Space Company) Astrium SpacePlane. This hybrid rocket jet was aiming to be the first commercial provider of trips to space when it unveiled a full-size mockup in 2007, reaching heights of up to 100km above the Earth. While the path towards realizing that goal has slowed somewhat since then, Newson's original interior – with its wraparound bucket seats in characteristically bright yellow, and multiple porthole windows – remains a part of the design.

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5. Nike Zvezdochka Shoe (2004) 

The Nike Zvezdochka was revolutionary for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was inspired directly by the footwear of trainee Russian astronauts, which Newson became fascinated by while spending time at the Russian Space Institute (remember when we said he was space-obsessed?). Secondly, it's completely modular, meaning the inner sock, sole and molded upper are all completely interchangeable, which allows custom colorways to be created by swapping one or more of the parts with another. Admittedly, the looks are pretty out there, but the principle of free customization would be incredibly interesting if applied to future Apple products.

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6. Ford 021C Car (1999)

Conceived entirely as a design experiment that was never intended for production, the Ford 021C (named after the Pantone code for the orange in the paintwork) nevertheless included a number of groundbreaking features that caught the eye of design, motoring and art enthusiasts alike. A meeting of both past and future concepts, the traditional 1950s four-door saloon featured bubble-like windscreens, seats that rotated to face each other, a slide out drawer-like trunk and (most strikingly) suicide doors. The end product looked like something out of The Jetsons, but it's easy to see how that cartoon-like style could transfer over to Apple in the wake of products like the iPhone 5c.

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7. Embryo Chair (1988)

Another of Newson's landmark pieces of furniture, produced as part of the same "Take A Seat" collection that led to the Lockheed Lounge, the Embryo Chair is a great example of clever design meeting unusual materials. The seat body is made from spongy neoprene, adding comfort as well as giving it a unique texture, while the bulbous shape is reminiscent of a child in the fetal position, from which it took its name. Newson was just 25 years old when he created this piece but already his use of bold color and smooth, organic form was earning him a global reputation.

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8. G-Star Raw Collection (2004 - present) 

Now in its 10th year, Newson's ongoing collaboration with G-Star Raw has to be one of the longest running partnerships between a designer (not in the fashion sense) and a clothing brand. Over the years it has produced some pretty remarkable results, some our favorites being these larger-than-life T-shirt designs from 2011. The bold, playful lines are typical of his style, and we wouldn't be surprised to see something similar make its way into future builds of Apple's iOS.

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9. Mn Bicycle (1999) 

While the frame concept of the MN Bicycle, designed for Danish bike company Biomega, looks like it should weigh a ton, it's actually made from "superplastic aluminium" that makes it incredibly strong and lightweight. Futhermore, the frame is built in two halves which are then glued together using permabond epoxy glue, concealing all the brake and gear cables neatly inside. Over 15 years since the original concept was created and just like all Newson's designs, it still looks like it's from lightyears in the future.

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10. Body Jet (2013)

Never one to let a sci-fi project pass him by, when Newson was approached by a small French company to help them perfect a personal flying apparatus (that's a jetpack to most of us), there was no way he was going to turn that down. Once again exhibiting his trademark love for bright colors, the carbon fibre Body Jet would feature retractable landing gear and gyroscopic controls to allow a person to take off, fly and land anywhere they liked. While people have been experimenting with this kind of technology for decades, there was hope that this might lead to the first commercially available end product. Sadly, as of yet, nothing has hit the market.

Whether any of these recognisable design traits make it into Apple's future technology, only time will tell. To see our own list of predictions on what might be included in the iPhone 7, click here and if you'd like Marc Newson's work packaged in a convenient coffee table book, click here.

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