Wonderwall: Case Studies
Publisher: Gestalten 2016 Author: Winkreative ISBN: 9783899556476 Format: Hardcover, 376pp, 300x230mm
Wonderwall: Case Studies is the first comprehensive exploration of the work, process, and mind-set of the Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama, founder and principal of Wonderwall, one of the most influential interior design firms in the world. The timely release of this compendium not only celebrates Katayama’s prolific and profound body of work, but honours the designer’s 50th birthday.
Wonderwall’s East meets West approach to retail design has produced integral successes like UNIQLO, the Diesel flagship store, Westfield Sydney and Emporium Melbourne. Highlighting eleven milestone projects in the firm’s fifteen-year history, the book presents rich documentation of a portfolio brimming with international projects, exciting collaborations, and an impressive list of clientele. Visual essays showcase the Wonderwall working culture. An in-depth profile, written by the M+ design curator Aric Chen, provides insight into Katayama’s early years, education, key influences, and major professional achievements. And a final catalogue section presents a visual overview of twenty-three additional agency projects, highlighting Wonderwall’s reach and renown.
Wonderwall Case Studies, edited and designed by Winkreative, is an engaging and exciting book for interior design students, industry dilettantes, and professionals searching for inspiration. Nowhere else has Katayama’s unique approach been so deeply documented.
“Like very few other designers in recent history—giants like André Putman, Shiro Kuramata, Ettore Sottsass or Philippe Starck—Katayama has defined the 1990s and 2000s and changed the world of interior design.” – Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art