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A few of Pharrell’s favourite things

Craig Robins and Pharrell Williams

“This is the most people I’ve ever seen at a talk at Design Miami,” said Craig Robins, the fair’s founder, to a standing-room-only crowd on Friday afternoon. Robins was introducing the rapper, music producer and designer Pharrell Williams (above right), who had come to the fair to talk about his new book, Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. Among Williams’s favourite works at the fair were a bookshelf by Charlotte Perriand and a snazzy 1953 cherry-red desk by Gio Ponti. “He was trying to make office life fun,” Williams said of the latter. At one point during the discussion, Williams, who never removed his dark sunglasses, lost his train of thought and paused to say that he found the whole set-up, with the bright spotlights on him, a little intimidating. “There are sun beams coming down on me,” he said. “I feel like a rotisserie chicken.” Later, he made another observation. “The one thing I hate,” he began, spelling out the word slowly for emphasis, “H-A-T-E, is interviews. They always want me to talk about me. It’s so boring.” Responding to the remark, Robins sheepishly asked: “Is this an interview?” Williams assured him it was not.

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