Wonderwall Archives 01
Back in 2009 we ran a conversation with Masamichi Katayama about the incredible Japanese retail design outfit Wonderwall. We only showed a handful of photos to go with it, but now with the publication late last year of the book Wonderwall Archives 01 from Parco, those hungry for a trove of eyecandy can finally get their fill. Wonderwall's brand of design has all the clean sheen you'd want in a slick shop, but their idiosyncratic, often highly expressionistic flourishes reveal them as pop culture jokesters unwilling to give themselves over completely to white space and textured concrete. Have a look at the slideshow that follows for a glimpse of Wonderwall's work.
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- An experiential alternative to staid brick-and-mortar stores, pop-up shops are like the food trucks of retail—nimble, creative, and fleeting. Pioneered by L.A.
- This summer, the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen opened an exhibition celebrating the work of Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese design studio Sanaa.
- Over the recent holidays I was out for a ramble here in San Francisco and happened into the shop ATYS.
- What does your heartbeat look like? The Japanese-born artist Sasaki has been painting the vital sign of life for 15 years, airbrushing the distinctive waves in blood-red paint onto a canvas.
- At the opposite end of the spectrum from North American big-box stores are the conceptually driven and exquisitely realized retail designs of Masamichi Katayama.
- Storied California ceramics company Bauer Pottery opens its first showroom in Tokyo, a mirror of the original in Los Angeles.
- In September 2008, architect Koji Tsutsui accepted the Ceramic Tiles of Italy award for designing a modern, white-tiled residence in Tokyo.
It's never too early to experience the monuments that dot our dear metroplises. Muji has turned London's landmarks—ike Big Ben, the BT Tower, double decker buses and black cabs—into simple shapes suitable for your kid to explore from the comfort of the living room, and with the London Design Festival taking place at the end of this week, now's a great time to introduce them to the Gherkin. The sets are also available for New York, Paris, and Tokyo.