Lunar Luxe: $90,500 Table for Norman Mailer’s Apollo 11 Book

Marc Newson creates the perfect perch for a stellar book.


So you’re one of Jeff Bezos’ billionaire buddies, agonizing over what to buy your filthy rich, space-obsessed best broheim this Christmas. Relax. We found the gift you’re looking for: The new edition of Norman Mailer’s Of a Fire on the Moon, his epic tale of the Apollo 11 moonlaunch. The billionaire hook? This one, reissued by Taschen, comes in a special edition, with its very own piece of lunar rock, and a case designed by Marc Newson.


The book inside is actually called Moonfire, and it’s a reprinting of Mailer’s text, alonside sumptuous images from the missions. Plain-jane editions run for $1,500. The lunar rock edition is a cool $90,500.

The case itself has detail cues–ranging from the feet to the struts–lifted from the Apollo 11 lunar lander. It’s crafted from a single piece of aluminum, and the surface is an topographical reproduction of a section of the moon’s surface.

Newson actually is no stranger to either space design, or insanely expensive one-offs: He owns the record for the most expensive piece by a living designer, the $1.8 million Lockheed Lounge; he also designed the interior for a (now scuttled) space plane

The Lunar Rock edition is set to be unveiled this week, at Art Basel, America’s swankiest trade show for contemporary art.


About the author

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.