Who: Marc Newson, Aussie wunderkind, 40 years old
Formative years: His mother managed a hotel filled with ’60s and ’70s furniture by Italy’s mod masters.
Studied: Jewelry and sculpture, Sydney
College of the Arts

What: The Lever House Restaurant, a podlike eatery that recalls a swank fantasy airliner, with jet-bridge ramp and elongated-hexagon motifs, inside the newly renovated mid-century masterpiece Lever House in New York City (www.leverhouse.com)
Résumé: Has left his mark on everything from a Vidal Sassoon blow-dryer to a Sunkist-orange Ford concept car to an experimental two-seater aluminum jet

Get your hands on: His cookware for Tefal, drinking glasses for Iittala, bottle openers and coat hooks for Alessi, watches for Ikepod, chairs for Cappellini, B&B Italia, and Magis
Read all about it:www.marc-newson.com

Breakout: His 1986 Lockheed Lounge, a bloblike hourglass of a chaise longue, with a skin of riveted, polished aluminum. Madonna reclined on one in one of her most stylish videos, 1993’s “Rain.”

— ROB BRINKLEY