Jony Ive is a mythic figure in gadget design. He’s the mastermind behind the aesthetic of Apple’s most iconic products, and is internet famous for his Gwyneth Paltrow-esque descriptive phrasing. He’s also got pretty good taste in shoes. Last year, he consciously uncoupled from Apple, and now, Ive is apparently “engaging in a special collaboration” with Airbnb. Well, OK!
In a blog post, Airbnb cofounder and CEO Brian Chesky announced Ive’s new design firm, LoveFrom, would be entering a “multi-year relationship to design the next generation of Airbnb products and services.” Chesky says he and Ive have been good friends for several years, as it turns out, and says both “believe not only in making objects and interfaces but in crafting services and experiences.” However, aside from noting that Ive would be helping build out Airbnb’s internal design
Online vacation rental giant Airbnb on Wednesday said it has hired former Apple CDO Jony Ive and his company LoveFrom to assist in the design of future products and services.
Announced in a blog post from Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Ive will work on next-generation “products and services” as a design consultant. It appears that he will report directly to Chesky, or collaborate on design initiatives with the CEO, throughout what is described as a “multi-year relationship.”
“Jony will also help us continue to develop our internal design team, which he believes to be one of the world’s best,” Chesky writes. “I know he is particularly excited about a relationship that will evolve to become a deep collaboration with our creative team.”
As noted by The Information, Ive and Chesky have known each other for years. Ive helped flesh out Airbnb’s logo in 2014, while Chesky wrote
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Home rental company Airbnb Inc on Wednesday said it was hiring former Apple designer Jony Ive and his firm to design new Airbnb products and services under a multi-year deal.
Ive was a close creative collaborator with Apple Inc
co-founder Steve Jobs. Ive spent nearly three decades at Apple, leading the design of the candy-colored iMacs that helped Apple re-emerge from near death in the 1990s and the design of the iPhone. He left Apple last year.
In a blog announcing the work relationship, Airbnb Chief Executive Brian Chesky said Ive will also help develop the Airbnb internal design team.
Airbnb on Wednesday told employees Chief Design Officer Alex Schleifer would be moving to a part-time role and that the company would be looking for a permanent replacement, according to a source close to the company.
The deal with Ive and his firm, LoveFrom, coincides with