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Yeezus Lives! Kanye West Pops into Design Miami Basel


(Photo: Seth Browarnik for Design Miami Basel)

When last we saw Kanye West, he was wandering the tulip-lined halls of the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). His latest appearance on the international art circuit (Gray hoodie? Check.) was at Design Miami Basel, where, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, he gave an impromptu listening party for Yeezus. The album, due out on June 18, is expected to sell 500,000 copies in its first week of release.

Some 2,000 guests (Hans Ulrich Obrist? Check.) gathered–amidst a few Rick Owens chairs–at the center of the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Hall 1 Sud at Basel’s Messeplatz to sample West’s latest, including a track produced by Daft Punk and an a capella rendition of “New Slaves,” which includes a shout-out to Alexander Wang. The decision to appear at Design Miami Basel makes perfect sense considering that West has moved on from George Condo to…Le Corbusier. In a recent interview with Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, he pointed to architecture as influencing the pared-down vibe of Yeezus:

You know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration. I lived in Paris in this loft space and recorded in my living room, and it just had the worst acoustics possible, but also the songs had to be super simple, because if you turned up some complicated sound and a track with too much bass, it’s not going to work in that space. This is earlier this year. I would go to museums and just like, the Louvre would have a furniture exhibit, and I visited it like, five times, even privately. And I would go see actual Corbusier homes in real life and just talk about, you know, why did they design it? They did like, the biggest glass panes that had ever been done. Like I say, I’m a minimalist in a rapper’s body. It’s cool to bring all those vibes and then eventually come back to Rick [Rubin], because I would always think about Def Jam.

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Kanye West Graduates From Design Fan to Architecture Critic

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We’d seen our cohorts at Curbed LA wearing those slatted shades and all, but turns out they’re even more hardcore Kanye West fans than we thought. Only someone who diligently reads West’s blog would have uncovered West’s first legit architecture review.

In his post, West gives mad love to the Neil Denari-designed concept for something called the Useful + Agreeable House:

The house is suited for different climates and housing plans, from small-lot to clusters, as vacation properties or rooftop penthouses, just to name a few uses. Upon first glance, it reminded you of that new-fangled luggage you’ve seen sitting on the baggage carousel (and a little of an airplane lavatory).

Upon first glance, we were like, dude, did he really write this? To draw the conclusion between the building and hardside luggage, then continue the travel metaphor all the way to the airplane lavatory? And using the word lavatory? Someone give this guy a column.

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Also noted, something that will certainly make Harry Wakefield happy and further cements West’s design credentials. Yup, right next to his BFF Takashi Murakami in his blogroll (does that KanyeUniverCity website look familiar?), West lists MoCo Loco.

He’s for reals, y’all.

Kanye West Does Care About Designer People

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The news that Kanye West is flipping his Beverly Hills manse, which includes “plans to build two-story contemporary by world renowned architect” sent us clicking over to Your Mama at the ex-cellent Realestalker blog for the scoop. Turns out the architect is not named, but we did learn something else—the real story is West’s Hollywood Hills home, which was covered in the August issue of Interior Design.

Here’s how he greets editor Edie Cohen: “It’s been my dream to be in Interior Design.” No joke.

We’ve talked about West’s NY apartment before, but this minimalist interior by Don Stewart and its contents proves West is total a design freak, with lots of pop art, Ingo Maurer lights, one of those stuffed-animal Brothers Campana chairs, a Marcel Wanders table, and at least a dozen pieces by Takashi Murakami.

Second, and final, awesome Kanye Quote: “In the past year and a half, I’ve been stepping up my relationship with Murakami.”

In fact, they’ve collaborated on a music video and a medallion (ah, manga bling), and Murakami designed the single art for Graduation. All of which is most laughable to us, since we casually mentioned that we knew Kanye West was a fan of Murakami the other week. If we had only known then what we know now.

Vultures Swarm All the Way to eBay After Murakami Gala

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Among the classier guests who attended the Takashi Murakami gala opening at LA’s MOCA last Sunday were Christina Ricci, Pharrell Williams, Cindy Crawford, Courtney Love (if you can believe it) and special guests Kanye West and Marc Jacobs (who are apparently big fans of each others’ work). But on the seamier side of the VIP list was fluffalow, the eBay seller who is selling the Murakami charger from underneath their starting-at-$1,000 per plate dinner for the low, low price of $999.99, according to the LA Times (might as well try to break even, right?).

Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura (it’s his photo we snagged above and his Giant Robot Biennale that opens next door to the Murakami show tomorrow) describes the sheer insanity post-meal:

People were taking other people’s. If you stepped away to say hi to someone vultures crept in and took em. I saw one lady with an arm load, and she was even trying to take them off of our table. I guess they make nice gifts and also free for the cheapies.

Or how about this for a nice gift: The press kit, which could be yours if you top the high bid of $9.99. Or you could probably just call the press office and have them send you one for free. But really, what fun would that be?