I had never seen this interview but it was interesting. Producer | Designer Pharrell Williams teamed up with Takashi Murakami to create and present a 6-foot tall sculpture called “The Simple Things”. Pharrell explains that their motivation behind the ‘creation’ came from the fact that a lot of people need to see things covered in diamonds to see how essential they are in their lives.
The sculpture features a glass-fiber, steel and acrylic head based on Murakami’s cartoon-inspired signature character Mr. Dob. In its mouth you find objects which are the essentials in Pharrell Williams’ everyday life: A can of Pepsi, a cup cake, a sneaker and bottle of Johnsons baby lotion. These objects are encrusted with 26’000 diamonds and gems.
In this interview with Ute Thon (Art Magazin), Pharrell Williams talks about how cooperation came about, the idea behind the sculpture, his interest in art and design, the artists and designers he admires, and his own design works.