Eleven designs by celebrities including Kanye West, Kate Moss and Justin Bieber
After a McDonald's burger box design by rapper Kanye West made waves last week, here is a roundup of 11 designs by celebrities previously featured on Dezeen.
West, now officially called Ye, is far from the first famous person to make a foray into the world of design or architecture.
Below are 11 examples of times celebrities have sought to demonstrate their creative skills, from a moped designed by Justin Bieber to a furniture collection by Brad Pitt:
Kanye West's burger box for McDonald's
American musician West has undertaken several well-known design projects, perhaps most successfully with his Yeezy range of trainers for sportswear brand Adidas, which launched in 2015.
Most recently he collaborated with Muji industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa to reimagine the packaging at McDonald's, switching the bright colours typical of the giant fast-food chain for a more muted appearance.
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West has not stopped at designing fashion and products, however. He also took a step into architecture with Yeezy Home, a prefabricated domed unit of homeless housing that took cues from Star Wars.
Prototypes of the homes on his 300-acre property in Calabasas, California were demolished in 2019 amid reports that West had failed to secure a building permit, though a year later West revealed a photo showing another prototype under construction.
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Canadian singer Justin Bieber designed a monochromatic version of the classic Vespa Sprint scooter emblazoned with icy white flames and his name in a graffiti-style font.
"Monochromatic things to me are very palatable, and the flames were a way to give it a little bit of an edge," Bieber explained. "When I'm designing, I'm always thinking about: is this pushing things forward? Is this unique? Is this something that is trendsetting?"
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Gwyneth Paltrow's furniture and homeware for Goop
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop collaborated with furniture company CB2 to launch a range in 2018 that purportedly included pieces designed by the star.
Paltrow created items that reflected the design of her own home in California, as well as her time spent living in London with ex-husband Chris Martin of Coldplay.
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Travis Barker's Skull Collection for Buster + Punch
Musician Travis Barker, best known as the drummer of pop-punk band Blink 182, designed a collection of skull-based homeware items including a table lamp, a bowl and a doorstop for London brand Buster + Punch.
"I've been obsessed with skulls forever – from the first time I saw artists like Pushead, who put skulls on the Misfits and Metallica albums, and Zero skateboards back in the day," said Barker.
"I've always loved them, they scream rock 'n' roll, they scream danger and poison. Skulls stand against everything, so to present them in a way like this and take it to a new level is special."
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Björk's sets and costumes for the Utopia tour
Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk helped design her own sets and costumes for her Utopia world tour in 2018, taking inspiration from the paintings of her homeland as well as the near-non-stop daylight of its summer months.
In an interview with Dezeen, she explained how she tried to create "an opium-like trance in a utopian garden" by combining the natural with the man-made.
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Pharrell Williams' trainers for Adidas
American music producer Pharrell Williams is another star who has effectively launched a second career in design, through collaborations with clothing brands G-Star Raw and Adidas, including the brightly coloured Solar Hu collection for the latter.
He first realised his design ambitions back in 2010, creating a chair defined by a plexiglass base resembling a tank's caterpillar tracks.
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Pharrell Williams' Untitled Residences in Toronto
Like fellow musician West, Williams has ventured into the world of architecture, working with Toronto studios IBI Group and U31 on a two-tower residential development in the southeastern Canadian city.
The project, which is still under construction, will be detailed with jagged balconies designed using parametric tools to create shapes from the sound waves in Williams' song Gust of Wind.
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Kate Moss' interiors for The Barnhouse by Yoo
British supermodel Kate Moss created the interiors for a house in a luxury second homes development in the English Cotswolds by Yoo, an architecture and design company founded by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and prolific French designer Philippe Starck.
Yoo described Moss' design as "a retro-glamour take on the traditional English home", while she herself called the house "a luxurious haven in the woods, a perfect place to escape with family and friends".
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Will.i.am's wireless headphones
Will.i.am is another music producer who has repeatedly turned his attention to design, including with a pair of wireless headphones inspired by the shape of vinyl records that form a necklace when not in use.
Before that, he released two smartwatches, an eyewear collection in collaboration with George Gurrow and a range of lifestyle products made from recycled plastic bottles and aluminium with the help of Coca-Cola.
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Brad Pitt's furniture collection for Pollaro
Movie star Brad Pitt designed an eclectic collection of furniture pieces, including a bed, tables, chairs and a marble bathtub, in collaboration with furniture maker Frank Pollaro that was showcased in 2012.
The actor has expressed interest in contemporary architecture and employed the services of Frank Gehry and David Adjaye on his Make It Right project, launched in 2006 to provide housing for New Orleans residents made homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
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