San Francisco’s MOMA to give Jony Ive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jonathan Ive, the designer behind iconic Apple products like the iPhone and iPad, will be receiving the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's lifetime achievement award later this year. The museum hands out the award annually, and this year's event will take place at a special dinner event on October 30.

Apple VP and designer Jony Ive to get SFMOMA's Bay Area Treasure AwardApple VP and designer Jony Ive to get SFMOMA's Bay Area Treasure Award

Mr. Ive is Apple's Senior Vice President of Design and along with the iPhone and iPad, is responsible for the distinct look of the iMac and Mac Pro, and now has oversight of the company's software interface designs.

SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra said,

Ive is our generation’s most innovative and influential figure in the field of industrial design—no other design mind has done more to transform the way we visualize and share information.

Previous award recipients include movie maker George Lucas, sound artist Bill Fontana, painter Robert Bechtle, industrial designer Sara Little Turnbull, and more. Mr. Ive will be the 15th recipient of SFMOMA's award.

Mr. Ive said, "I'm very grateful to the museum and proud to be recognized among such an amazing list of past recipients." He hasn't said, however, whether or not he'll attend the event.

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SFMOMA was the first West Coast museum with a department of architecture and design, and it's cool to see the organization recognizing artists and designers for their amazing work -- including Sir Jonathan Ive.

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