Sir Jony Ive, the British designer behind the iPod and iPhone, has joined Airbnb as a consultant, his first major project since leaving Apple last year
Airbnb has announced that Sir Jony’s company LoveFrom will work with the short-term rental department as part of a ‘multi-year relationship’ to design new products and services
Sir Jony left Apple last year after 27 years during which he was the chief design officer behind some of the company’s most iconic products and a close accomplice to Steve Jobs. He continued to work with the maker of iPhone since then, but Airbnb is its first public project outside the company
He is a close acquaintance with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, whom he congratulated in 2015 for creating a ‘remarkable start-up’, and the two worked on the redesign of Airbnb’s logo in 2014
Angela Ahrendts, former Apple Retail Director, joined Airbnb’s board last year Announcing the move, Mr. Chesky said Sir Jony will work on « the next generation of Airbnb products and services »
The company had been working on a range of initiatives, including a loyalty program and an air travel reservation system, but it halted work on many of its more distant ideas because the pandemic of coronavirus forced it to lay off a quarter of its workforce It has since recovered and has filed for an IPO in the United States which could take place this year
« Jony and I have been good friends for many years, and he was gracious enough to provide me with advice and guidance, » Chesky wrote in an email to staff. « We share the same belief in the value and importance of creativity and design We all believe not only in the creation of objects and interfaces, but also in the creation of services and experiences »
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