Jony Ive been unhappy at Apple

Jony Ive will design the Airbnb website in the future

Thomas Hartmann

At Apple, the British designer Jonathan Ive, meanwhile ennobled “Sir”, is a legend. Now he wants to work for Airbnb with his own company Lovefrom.

EnlargeJony Ive will design the appearance of Airbnb in the future
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In its own newsroom, Airbnb, the online portal for booking and renting accommodation, founded in 2008 in California's Silicon Valley, tells Airbnb how it intends to shape the company's future. The friendship between co-founder and CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky, who is happy to say that they now want to bring their own offers into a better design with the help of Apple designer legend Jony Ive, is obviously helpful - The Verge hits the same the first thing to do is to present the “unhappily designed logo” of the online rental company. They sum up the professional development of Jony Ive with the words: "From spaceship campus to bed and breakfast".

How the “special collaboration” for the design of the “next generation” between Lovefrom and Airbnb will look like remains to be seen. Some also think of the appearance on the homepage, via app, logo and other details of the presentation of accommodation and bookings. It may also be about preparing for Airbnb's planned $ 3 billion IPO.

Ive worked for Apple from 1992 and was later largely responsible for the design of the entire Apple product line under Steve Jobs, including iBook, Macbook Pro, iPhone and iPad and others. The Apple iSub loudspeakers ("Soundstick" by Harman Kardon), which he designed to a large extent, were even included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Most recently he was Apple's chief design officer (CDO) and was jointly responsible for the design of Apple's stores. He is known for his minimalist style, which he shared with Steve Jobs. In this respect, it should be exciting to see how he will redesign Airbnb's appearance.

Although he is no longer a formal employee of Apple, the group in Cupertino is on the customer list of Jony Ive agency Lovefrom.