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ChocolaTextureLounge Installation by Japanese design firm Nendo

Samsung hires head designer from the same firm as Apple’s current Design VP

The Korea Herald recently announced that Samsung has hired a new global design chief to head its arguably struggling design front that’s in need of a little boost. In charge of that will be 47-year-old Lee Don Tae, who comes from London-based design firm Tangerine; home to Apple‘s current senior design vice president, Jonathan Ive.

Lee’s job will not only consist of reinventing Samsung’s multi-billion dollar mobile division, but also contributing to Samsung’s Design Management center, working closely with the CEO to elevate Samsung’s overall design prowess. With the Galaxy S6 expected to be released in the coming months, it’ll be interesting to see Lee’s involvement in the company’s most important product.

Japanese design firm Nendo has crafted art out of chocolates

Recently named “M&O’s Designer of the Year,” Japanese firm Nendo has created nine pieces of chocolate art to furnish a lounge it designed for the furniture and design show Maison&Objet. The creations look more like miniature sculptures than confectionaries, with each one measuring the same dimensions at 26 x 26 x 26mm. Each one takes on a different shape with distinctive textures, such as hollow centered cubes, pointed tips, smooth and rough surfaces, each corresponding to a Japanese expression — for example, “zara-zara” has a rough, file-like surface whereas “poki-poki” is an Escher-esque box frame.

The composition of ingredients for all nine designs, meanwhile, remain identical. The chocolates are being produced in a limited quantity of 400 hundred sets and will be available to guests at the Nendo lounge at Maison&Objet from January 23 to 27.

Interior Design: Nendo (Japan) brings Backyard Elements into retail space

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Again applying their unique design style to the retail arena, here we find acclaimed Japanese firm Nendo lending its talents to the latest store layout by Sogo + Seibu for by|n.

Titled simply ‘Backyard by | n’, the store site is split into two sections: one dedicated to a ‘storage space’ and the other focused on the concepts of freedom and play. These concepts are subtly emphasized through use of materials and colors, i.e. the gradient whitewash to natural wood color on furniture, as well as the use of natural, solid concrete through the walls.

An exercise in material concepts, enjoy the latest work by Nendo above, and head here to learn more.

 

Image of Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

Image of Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

Image of Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

Image of Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

Image of Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

Image of Nendo Brings Backyard Elements into Retail Space

Inside WonderWall Inc.’s Tokyo Design Studio

Design agency Wonderwall, Inc.‘s Tokyo headquarters as well as some of its captivating designs found throughout the world. The brainchild of Masamichi Katayama, Wonderwall is an interior design firm that focuses on entertainment and experience, rather than square-footage and budgets. It is widely known for its unconstrained approach in actualizing design concepts that touch the subconscious of its target audience, whilst respecting conventional and traditional philosophies.

From the video above, we’re presented with a brief glance at its expansive portfolio, which includes collaborations with clothing stores, hotels, eateries, bookstores and everything in between.