Murakami x Louis Vuitton

Designer-QR-Codes-960x550 Takashi worked with Tokyo-based creative agency SET to produce a unique QR code for Louis Vuitton.
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Cherry-Blossom-960x550 Cherry Blossom collection
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In 2002, Marc Jacobs invited Murakami to collaborate on designs for Louis Vuitton. The first series of handbags brought the fashion giant's classic monogram print into the 21st century, blurring the lines between art, fashion and consumer culture. The collaboration went on to design the Monogramouflage collection, a collection of rugs which were debuted at Art Basel in 2009, QR Codes and the popular Cherry Blossom collection.

Murakami x Kanye West

Kanye West, known for bringing together the worlds of performance, art and fashion, collaborated with Murakami on the artwork for his 2007 album Graduation. Murakami created a playful yet dark surrealist world of characters for the album and single covers. Murakami took inspiration from West's album's educational theme in order to create the characters and the fictional futuristic metropolis Universe City.

Murakami described the artwork as ''a place of dreams, of righteousness, a place to have fun. It's also occasionally a place where you experience the rigid dogma of the human race. Kanye's music scrapes sentimentality and aggressiveness together like sandpaper, and he uses his grooves to unleash this tornado that spins with the zeitgeist of the times. I too wanted to be swept up and spun around in that tornado.''

Murakami x Pharrell

simple-things Murakami, Pharrell Williams and Jacob the Jeweler, Simple Things, 2008-2009
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Murakami, Pharrell Williams and Jacob the Jeweler, Simple Things, 2008-2009 Image via Eat Me Daily Murakami, Pharrell Williams and Jacob the Jeweler, Simple Things, 2008-2009
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In 2009, Murakami, Pharrell Williams and Jacob the Jeweler debuted Simple Things, 2008-2009, at Emmanuel Perrotin's booth at Miami Basel.

The sculpture is made of glass, acrylic, wood, LEDs, a bottle of Heinz ketchup, a bag of Doritos, a cupcake and a shoe by Williams' Billionaire Boys Club label. Williams commented: "It's made with 26,000 diamonds and gems....I wanted people to see the value of simple things with some of the staples of American culture."

It was rumored that a pair of collectors bought the piece for $2 million. Williams and Murakami also worked together on music videos for Pharrell's G I R L album.

Murakami x Vans

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In 2015, Murakami teamed up with Vans to design a limited edition summer collection of shoes, skate-wear and even skateboards.

"For the past 10-plus years, without exaggeration, I have been wearing Vans Slip-Ons almost every single day."

"For me, there are no other shoes that are so comfortably wearable that let me focus on producing my artwork. I also feel extremely strong empathy for Vans' brand concept and creative stance," the artist said.

Murakami x Aspen

Copyright 2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

For last year's ski season, Aspen ski passes were decked out with Murakami's iconic Superflat designs, with the artist joining the likes of Peter Doig who also designed ski passes in partnership with the Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush benefit.

We can't wait to see who Murakami joins forces with next!

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