Pentagram’s newest partner adopts a spatial approach to graphic design and building brand identities that go way beyond logos. 

Natasha Jen illustration by Jonathan Puckey
Regardless of media type, be it digital, print, or interface design for the Android phone, Natasha Jen sees the future of design as less compartmentalized. "I do enjoy working within these conventions," she says, "but I think the boundary between the physical and digital world will soften."
1 / 4
Spin tops by Natasha Jen
FUNnel Vision was a joint proposal imagining 'spinning tops' as temporary tent structures for the New Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New City in 2011. Njenworks (the firm Jen operated before joining Pentagram) designed the proposal with experimental architecture practice SOFTlab.
2 / 4
Nuit Blanche New York designed by Natasha Jen
Njenworks designed a 25-story high, 15,000 square foot LED screen in Times Square to promote the Flash:Light public arts festival thrown by Nuit Blanche in 2011. Check out the video for the site-specific animation here.
3 / 4
Android interface design by Natasha Jen
TransFoner is an interface for Android phones that re-imagines apps as a kit of parts in constant transformation. Product development: FoneClay.
4 / 4
Natasha Jen illustration by Jonathan Puckey
Regardless of media type, be it digital, print, or interface design for the Android phone, Natasha Jen sees the future of design as less compartmentalized. "I do enjoy working within these conventions," she says, "but I think the boundary between the physical and digital world will soften."

Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, applies the same unconventional thinking to its infrastructure as it does to its many client projects all over the globe. Natasha Jen, the firm’s newest hire (and first intern to return as a partner), explains that though partners do collaborate informally with one another, “it’s like running your own business.” Given that Jen only started her own practice, Njenworks, in 2010 following stints at Base, 2x4, and SYPartners, working with the “tremendous scale” of Pentagram is, she says, an “obvious” honor.

Spin tops by Natasha Jen
FUNnel Vision was a joint proposal imagining 'spinning tops' as temporary tent structures for the New Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New City in 2011. Njenworks (the firm Jen operated before joining Pentagram) designed the proposal with experimental architecture practice SOFTlab.
The self-described architecture enthusiast, who has worked with Rem Koolhaas’s venerated Office for Metropolitan Architec- ture, OMA offshoot REX, and experimental architecture firm SOFTlab, sees graphic design as complementary to the built world. Jen’s first order of business at Pentagram (carried over from Njenworks) is a commission from fashion company Kate Spade that reimagines the brand’s retail facade “over different spatial conditions” by developing a system of parts that can be deployed into different graphic and architectural configurations.

Nuit Blanche New York designed by Natasha Jen
Njenworks designed a 25-story high, 15,000 square foot LED screen in Times Square to promote the Flash:Light public arts festival thrown by Nuit Blanche in 2011. Check out the video for the site-specific animation here.
Jen is concerned with the interpretative quality of design, rather than adhering to a stylistic category, explaining, “My approach is more or less like a collagist, as I like to draw references from a diverse mixture of sources and create something new.” Regardless of media type—be it digital, print, or interface design for an Android smartphone, which she worked on at Njenworks—Jen sees the future of design as less compartmentalized. “I do enjoy working within these conventions,” she says, “but I think the boundary between the physical and digital world will soften.”

Android interface design by Natasha Jen
TransFoner is an interface for Android phones that re-imagines apps as a kit of parts in constant transformation. Product development: FoneClay.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
18
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
angular
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016