Masamichi Katayama WONDERWALL:
Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama founded Wonderwall, one of the world’s predominant interior design practices, in 2000. It has created influential retail spaces around the world for the likes of Uniqlo, APC, Bape and Thom Browne, and in Australia for Westfield Sydney and Emporium Melbourne. The practice’s ascendancy has coincided with the burgeoning global impact of Japanese design. Aric Chen, writing in the introduction to Wonderwall Case Studies (Gestalten, 2016) describes Katayama as the “dernier cri of interior design”; while Paola Antonelli, the respected senior curator of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, claims that “like very few other designers in recent history — giants like Andrée Putman, Shiro Kuramata, Ettore Sottsass or Philippe Starck — Katayama has defined the 1990s and 2000s and changed the world of interior design”.