Apple’s chief designer, Jonathan Ive, is going green, with a new home in the UK.

We make no secret that we love and respect the work and care Ive has put into his products over the years, and we welcome that he’s gone and invested £2.5 million in a brand new house in the UK.

He’s purchased a 10-bedroom Grade II listed manor house in the South West. This substantial pile has a 53-acre estate – quite befitting a man who has emerged to be one of the, if not the, leading product designers, a credit and inspiration to UK creative design. And, incidentally, one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Ive is retrofitting his lovely Georgian residence (a style of English architecture that dates from between 1720 and 1840, fact-fans) to be a green palace: it will be kitted-out with solar water heating, a biomass boiler to burn wood chips from the 17,000 trees being planted on the estate, and a reed-bed filtration system for waste water.

At present, Ive lives with his wife and two twin four-year-old sons in a two-bedroom house in Twin Peaks, California. He has a weak spot for Aston-Martins, which we imagine will look incredibly cool as he motors up the estate’s drive.

(By the way, the image isn’t the mansion in question and even if we knew we wouldn’t say where Ive’s new pad is situated, that’s his business.)

 

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