January 4, 2013
Zaha Hadid isn’t new to celebrity or celebrities. News of her design for Naomi Campbell’s vacation home just outside Moscow quickly went viral only hours after it hit the web. Glamour Magazine came calling in November when the publication named the architect their “Woman of the Year“. And lest we forget, Zaha already reigns queen over architects, for now and, probably, forever. Now, there comes “confirmation” of a collaboration between Zaha and rapper, author, and designer(?) Pharrell Williams. Speaking to Hypebeast in an interview published yesterday, Pharrell, who was last spotted opining on the state of aesthetics at last month’s Design Miami, mentioned that he was in talks with Zaha about a joint project between them. “We’re touring around with the idea of a prefab for a house,” he said, alluding to an idea that was briefly touched upon his book, Pharrell: The Places and Spaces I’ve Been.
When pressed about the nature of the talks, and if they were any time schedule attached to the project, Pharrell simply answered that “we’re going to see something through.” The architectural collaboration wouldn’t be the first for Pharrell, who has previously worked with Chad Oppenheim on two separate occasions. Nor does his partnership with Hadid come as a surprise, given that the idea was discussed in Places and Spaces I’ve Been. Still, this new interview seems to suggest that the two are in the beginning stages of a collaboration that might, in Pharrell’s words, produce a “really fun” and “next-level” project that “could change the game.”