Masamichi Katayama WON­DERWALL:

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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”.

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