Pharrell Williams is a man of many talents. Not least of which is his ability to collaborate with other individuals and brands. Sometimes those partnerships don’t work out, as was the case when he and fellow songwriter Robin Thicke were forced to pay a $7.3 million settlement to Marvin Gaye’s family for cribbing the Motown singer’s “Got To Give It Up” with their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” But sometimes Pharrell’s collabs introduce something truly unique to popular culture—and they’re certainly not limited to music.
He has worked with individuals and brands on scores of interesting products, many of which were cataloged in his recent book Places And Spaces I’ve Been. He’s even rumored to be working on a prefab house with star architect Zaha Hadid.
From colognes to furniture to sculptures, these are Pharrell’s six coolest collaborations.
PHARRELL X MONCLER VEST
Known for its glossy and expensive down jackets often seen on a ski slope in Gstaad, Pharrell led Moncler in a decidedly more street direction. Designed to look like a bulletproof vest, but filled with down instead of Kevlar, the outerwear piece definitely stood out from a sea of other puffy jackets.
PHARRELL X TAKASHI MURAKAMI “SIMPLE THINGS” SCULPTURE
The piece was revealed at Art Basel in 2009 and sold in less than half an hour for a reported $2 million. It featured the head of one of Murakami’s psychedelic characters appearing to gobble up everyday items that had been made out of gold and covered in diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The products included a blinged-out Pepsi can, Doritos bag, and Johnson’s baby lotion bottle (for, you know). Even if the sculpture fails to appreciate, at least the owner can scrap it for the precious stones.
PHARRELL X KAWS X COMME DES GARCONS “GIRL” FRAGRANCE
This one was a little confusing because it was named after Pharrell’s album Girl, but the fragrance that carried its name was intended to be unisex. Gender ambiguity aside, the scent from Comme des Garcons featured a very cool bottle designed by the graffiti artist Kaws.
PHARRELL X GALERIE PERROTIN TANK CHAIR
It’s hard to decide which is weirder, the fact that Pharrell made a chair that replaced the legs with tank wheels or that he wore snowboard boots for the photo shoot with the aforementioned chair. To create the wheel-like base of the chair, Pharrell used plexiglass and then covered the seat in leather.
PHARRELL X G-STAR RAW DENIM
Leave it to Pharrell to figure out a way to make garbage cool. He is the creative director of recycled textiles company Bionic Yarn and teamed up with denim brand G-Star Raw to design jeans made from plastic trash collected from the ocean. The collection looked pretty cool, and nothing at all like Mugatu’s Derelicte.
PHARRELL X ADIDAS ORIGINALS SUPERSTAR SUPERCOLOR PACK
When most people collaborate on a sneaker they do one colorway. For his most recent work with Adidas, Pharrell is doing 50. That’s right, 50. Pharrell designed more than more than four dozen monochromatic versions of the Adidas Superstar. If you can’t find a color you like in this pack, there’s something wrong with you.