Jony Ive Is ‘Engaging in a Special Collaboration’ With Airbnb

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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

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Airbnb is joining forces with iconic ex-Apple design chief Jony Ive



Jonathan Ive, Tim Cook are posing for a picture: Jony Ive led Apple's design team from 1996 to 2019, playing a key role in product launches like the iMac, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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Jony Ive led Apple’s design team from 1996 to 2019, playing a key role in product launches like the iMac, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a blog post Wednesday that the company is partnering with former Apple design chief Jony Ive.
  • “We have made the decision to work together through a multi-year relationship to design the next generation of Airbnb products and services,” Chesky said.
  • Ive led Apple through major product launches like the iMac and iPhone, and Apple Watch, leading its design team from 1996 until stepping down last year to start his own firm LoveFrom.
  • Airbnb was initially rocked by travel slowing down this spring, its valuation reportedly dropping by 40%, but experts say it could boom post-pandemic, and it filed its IPO paperwork in August.
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Airbnb Partners With Ex-Apple Design Star Jony Ive

Airbnb has hired former Apple design chief Jony Ive to work on showcasing the homesharing platform’s forthcoming products, it announced Wednesday.

Ive, who worked alongside Steve Jobs for several decades, is credited with designing the shape of the iMac, iPod and iPhone before leaving the tech giant in June 2019 to set up his own firm, LoveFrom.

The Silicon Valley legend and his firm “will be engaging in a special collaboration” over the course of several years with Airbnb, founder and CEO Brian Chesky said in the announcement.

Ive will also help Airbnb develop its internal design team.

Jony Ive (L), pictured in October 2018, will join forces with Airbnb Jony Ive (L), pictured in October 2018, will join forces with Airbnb Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Matt Winkelmeyer

“We share the same belief in the value and importance of creativity and design,” said Chesky, himself a graduate in industrial design.

“We each believe not only in making objects and interfaces,

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Airbnb hires Jony Ive to design next-gen products and services

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

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Airbnb Hires Former Apple Designer Jony Ive’s Firm for Multi-Year Partnership | Top News

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

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