Excellently in Conversation with Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall

Tokyo-based interior designer Masamichi Katayama, head of the Japanese firm Wonderwall, is one of the word’s foremost architects of extraordinarily innovative retail environments, chic bars, restaurants, offices and showroom spaces. If you are a trend conscious shopper, a wearer of the latest looks by A Bathing Ape, Uniqlo, Nike, a lover of the assorted chocolates from Godiva, the pastries of Pierre Hermé, or an habitué of Colette in Paris, chances are you’re a fan of his work. If not, the new book Archive 01, published by Parco, presents 50 or so Wonderwall projects completed since 1998 for your consideration. An accompanying exhibition is currently traveling throughout Japan (next venue: The Parco Gallery in Nagoya beginning March). While he might not consider himself an artist in the strict and often overwrought definition of that appellation, many fashion and design observers kindly beg to disagree. The EP recently spoke with Katayama to get his thoughts on the matter… To read the full interview, please click here. (Downloadable PDF)

The Excellence of interior designer Masamichi Katayama for A Bathing Ape. Image via Kozo Takayama for Wonderwall, courtesy KALEIDOSCOPE CONSULTING.

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