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Pharrell Williams Tries Chair Design, Gives Eames Classic Surrealist Twist

williams.jpgListen closely. That persistent groan is the nation’s postal workers struggling under the added weight of the Fashion Rocks supplement that accompanies the September issues of most Condé Nast titles. Flush with ads, the book’s fifth incarnation matches up celebrated photographers (Stevens Meisel and Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Terry Richardson, et al.) with musicians sporting fashions from the fall collections. While we were ecstatic to see looks from Thom Browne‘s thrilling, chilling fall show find wearers in the buzzy pop duo Chester French, it was Robert Haskell‘s peek into the Miami condo of empire-building producer Pharrell Williams that we found most intriguing.

Turns out that Williams, in addition to having amassed a collection of Louis Vuitton befitting a hip-hop kingpin, is a huge fan of the artist KAWS, whose work is scattered throughout his penta-balconied penthouse. Williams has his own clothing lines (Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream) and has designed sunglasses and jewelry for Vuitton, and now he’s onto the hard stuff: chairs.

…he’s especially excited about the chair he recently designed at the urging of Emmanuel Perrotin, who will show it in Europe this fall. Called the Perspective chair, it’s Charles and Ray Eames‘s classic molded plastic seat, reconfigured with four legs that are, in fact, four legs—the front pair belonging to a woman and the back pair to a man. “It’s about being in another person’s shoes,” Pharrell says. “It’s about being in love, and I wanted to know what that was like.”

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More Awesomeness Announced for Swerve Festival

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Just when we think, surely Jonathan Wells and his merry gang can’t squeeze any more action into these three days of joy, they hit us up with yet another announcement. Here’s the latest news from the Swerve Festival, taking place next weekend in LA.

Remember we told you that Aaron Rose would be curating the art show? Well here’s what Rose has to say about that: “Looking at art in galleries is dead. I didn’t want to have a little art ghetto in the middle of this dynamic festival.”

So, artists like Mike Mills, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson and more were given instructions for how to build 15-foot high pinwheels that will dot the Barnsdall Art Park grounds.

25 trees will be transformed into “Listening Trees” where you can put on a pair of vintage headphones and hear musicians and performing artists like Animal Collective, No Age, Tommy Guerrero and BARR.

Plus, poke your face into novelty backdrops with cut-out head-holes by graffiti artists, check out the murals by Sage Vaughn, Chris Pastras and Jesse Spears, and should you want to take the art home with you, Jesse Spears will even grace a selected body part with a Sharpie tattoo.

Tickets and details here. And we will see you there.

Jonathan Wells Gets His Swerve On In LA

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We’ve been shopping for a new festival to wrap our arms around out here in LA and who better to deliver it than Jonathan Wells, who brought us the RESFESTs that we love so dearly. Yes, kids, the Swerve Festival is coming to town September 28-30:

SWERVE FESTIVAL isn’t just a film festival or a music festival or an art show-it’s all of these things,” says Jonathan Wells, Festival Director. “There’re no sidebars, all of our programs feature top-notch talent that stand on their own, yet are more cohesive as a whole. One of the trademarks of West Coast creative culture is the cross pollination of creative disciplines–art, music and film are interrelated and overlapping. This is the first festival to celebrate that.”

The film festival will run throughout the weekend, including two films we’re dying to see: Surfwise by Doug Pray, and Control, the story of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, directed by the great Anton Corbijn. Closing the festival is the movie The Man Who Souled the World about skater Steve Rocco. Should that inspire you, roll right over to the CreateAskate workshop where you can make your own skateboard, right before you make your own broken elbow.

Art will be curated by Aaron Rose with his usual crew of “Losers”: Mike Mills, Geoff McFetridge, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Sage Vaughn, Ed Templeton, and more.

Bonus: That identity up there is by Hunter Gatherer, another good sign of things to come.