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.”