One of the leading force in popular music, Pharell Williams, takes pride in his apartment that floats 40 stories above Miami. It seems to be the worlds most luxurious fort.
“Living your life 40 floors up, looking out every day on ocean and skies, you see the world from a different point of view,” Williams says. “It’s like living in a very interesting fishbowl, but since no one can see up here, it’s like a fishbowl with a limo tint.”
He has been in demand all around, one of the most sought-after talents in the music industry. And has been leaving a mark in the fashion world, contemporary art, industrial design, jewelry, and furniture. These interests of Wiliams is very evident in his luxe apartment; at the same time, the ‘child’ in him makes the ambiance quirkier. Shuffling around his yellow Mickey Mouse slippers, technicolor sneakers in his steroidal closet, and cushy red leather seats in his home theatre converted to a personal arcade. His living room also boasts a pair of Christian Liaigre’s armchairs, which compliments his low video game that offers Ms Pac Man and Galaga.
Entering into his home, you would find a lifelike statue of Agent Smith–Keanu Reeves’s relentless nemesis in The Matrix. Which was a gift from him by the famous film producer Joel Silver. Displaying it on the greeting bay of his apartment since he cannot resist any prank for his visitors.
Williams is also a hardcore fan of cartoons such as Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Smurfs, and SpongeBob SquarePants, mostly seen in most contemporary artworks in his apartment. In addition to that, a plush smile-face of fabric flowers by Takashi Murakami remains to be one of the central pieces at William’s home. Masterpieces of Keith Haring, Brian Donelly-KAWS, and several works of Andy Warhol is also evident in his contemporary art collection.
His enthusiasm for collecting was kindled during travelling worldwide and continuously connected to the society of art, fashion, and music. Thus paved its way for collaborations and recognition from known people and renowned communities.
Williams started his career with an off-tilt house music group that became a production duo; the group was called Neptunes, sharing it with Chad Hugo back in 1990. After a while, they’ve been shaping tunes for Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Gwen Stefani. According to a survey in the early 2000s, half of the pop songs playing in the radio stations back then were produced by Neptunes.
As the Neptunes, Williams and Hugo first broke through as a producing duo for such rap artists as Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z. They then branched out into pop music, working with the likes of Britney Spears and Usher. Williams also started performing, making guest vocal appearances on such songs as “Excuse Me Miss” by Jay-Z. In 2003, Williams made his first solo effort with the song “Frontin’.” Williams and Hugo also picked up their first Grammy Awards—for their work on Justin Timberlake‘s 2002 Justified album and for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. With Hugo and Shae Haley, Williams found success with the rap-rock act N.E.R.D. (which stands for Nothing Ever Really Dies). The group put out several well-received albums, including Seeing Sounds (2008). Williams also released his first solo album, 2006’s In My Mind, and branched out into film in 2010 by creating the score for the animated hit Despicable Me.
His love for fashion brought him to collaborate with Tomoaki–a Japanese record producer and designer of the Bathing Ape. Together they designed a sunglass collection for Louis Vuitton that took a major hit back in 2008.
Meanwhile, another interest came to light, an entree into furniture designing. Collaborating with the famous Parisian dealer Emmanual Perrotin, he tried to recreate his idea of the “Perspective Chair” –made up of an Eamesian, shell seating leather, with resin legs. This masterpiece was then featured at the French boutique Colette in 2010 and then displayed at Perrotin’s Paris gallery.
It was also on that same period when Williams collaborated with Takashi Murakami to launch a project entitled: The Simple Things. In this installation, Mr. DOB–Murakami’s monster character spills from his mouth a set of Williams’s favourite objects such as a cupcake, a Trojan Magnum condom, a can of Pepsi, a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Lotion, an Ice Cream sneaker, and a bottle of Heinz ketchup. This masterpiece was later sold for $2 million.
The lists go on for Williams’s collaborations and projects. A pro-active and very talented individual in the field of music, arts, design, and entrepreneurship. He makes it a point that he enjoys the area where he’s into—the art of being an adult and a kid, a ”kidult’ according to Williams.