“I was really obsessed with the idea of making things myself. This original version of the seat, named LC1, was displayed at his first exhibition Seating for Six at Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley Gallery in 1986. Swiss furniture brand Vitra has created a tiny version of the seat for its Miniatures Collection, and the design was also used as a prop in 2004 puppet film Team America: World Police. The metal was curved around a body made from fibreglass-reinforced plastic and the feet of its three legs are coated in rubber. The Lockheed Lounge remains one of the most famous pieces by Newson, who joined Apple’s design team in September. “One of [my] very first pieces was the Lockheed Lounge,” said Newson. The next instalment in our A-Zdvent calendar is the welded aluminium and fibreglass Lockheed Lounge by Australian designer Marc Newson. In 2009, this particular seat was sold at auction by Phillips de Pury in London for £1.1 million – making it the most expensive contemporary design object at the time. Catch up with the list so far » Dezeen is publishing an A to Z of iconic chairs to count down the days until Christmas. I was doing everything from upholstery to machining to welding,” he said. Over the next two years, he refined the form to create the Lockheed Lounge – named after an American aerospace company.