Neal Benezra is clear about this, which is why the institution he heads will pay tribute to Ive by presenting her with the Bay Area Treasure Award , an award that recognises outstanding artists and figures from the creative world in the San Francisco area and which will place the vice president of design at Apple alongside names such as the director George Lucas, the painter Wayne Thiebaud or the landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.
Jonathan Ive is undoubtedly experiencing a sweet moment in his career when he is constantly receiving awards and recognition. A year ago Ive made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The year before, she flew to London with her entire team to collect the prestigious Design & Arts Direction award, while her knighthood appointment by the Queen of England was still fresh in her memory.
The head honcho behind the design of some of the apple’s most iconic products is no stranger to modern art museums either, and New York’s MOMA has six signature products in its collection, all of which were launched within a year: the Mac G4 Cube and its beautiful speakers, the iSub subwoofer, the iBook, the iMac G4 and the first iPod.
Ive will pick up her latest (and probably not her last) award at the ceremony to be held on 30 October, although she was quick to show her appreciation for the museum with a few brief statements. “I have always enjoyed my visits to SFMOMA and I think it represents design and contemporary art in an exceptional way. I am very grateful to the museum as well as proud to be recognized among an incredible list of past winners.
Once again, congratulations Jony!