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Posts Tagged ‘Takashi Murakami’

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.

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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?