What do Uniqlo in New York, Colette in Paris, and the Nike Flagship Store in Tokyo have in common? Their interiors were all designed by Masamichi Katayama's Tokyo-based firm, Wonderwall. Katayama describes himself as a "total concept" designer, skilled at creating interiors that "touch the subconscious of the consumer and occupant."
His spaces are memorable and — sometimes — surreal. For the Godiva Chocolate Flagship Store in Tokyo, he created a ceiling that mimics dripping chocolate. For Colette, he designed a basement bar that's half trendy nightclub / half retail eatery. And for the Nike Store, he built a display from dismembered mannequin feet with the words "Just Do It" sprayed across their surface.
Even his website is a mind-bending environment — a faceted grid of images that swell and dip as your cursor moves across them. While his spaces aren't conventional, they're certainly inspiring, and a few of them even have ideas that can be translated into real-life decor. (The colorful tile surfaces from the Soho Canteen would look great in a bold kitchen or bathroom, and the minimal Tokyo Wonderwall office would be a good project for a neatnik workaholic to bookmark.) To see more, check out Wonderwall's online portfolio.
• The SOHO Canteen | Tokyo | 2010
• Pass the Baton Omotesando | Tokyo | 2010
• Colette | Paris | 2008
• Godiva Flagship Store | Tokyo | 2009
• Wonderwall Office | Tokyo | 2009
• Nike Harajuku | Tokyo | 2009
• Uniqlo Soho | New York | 2006