Kanye West says that wife Kim Kardashian is "a Marie Antoinette of our time."
The famously outspoken rapper and fashion designer dropped that notion in a meandering and deep conversation with interior designer Axel Vervoordt in The Hollywood Reporter about art, design, philosophy and a book that West is writing. Vervoordt, a living legend in the design and art world, collaborated to design West's $20 million Hidden Hills home.
In talking about that collaboration, West waxed philosophic about trends, history and the staying power of art.
"But it's interesting, as me and you are working on a new community [development in L.A.] -- what do our homes look like now?" West told Vervoordt. "Even with my wife, I see her as a representation, as a Marie Antoinette of our time. So with your mentality with spaces, I believe that what we've been working on will represent humanity for the next 500 to 1,000 years."
That was representative of their conversation, which got pretty deep at times.
"A designer told me that my wife was a master of light and I was a master of time," West said later. "How to use time is equal to being someone who can cut a diamond. The ability to preserve time is more valuable than the ability to preserve a diamond because time is our most valuable resource. So using something timeless to remind us of what time is, is a good bar."
West also dropped that he's in the process of writing a philosophy book he's calling Break the Simulation.
"I've got this philosophy -- or let's say it's just a concept because sometimes philosophy sounds too heavy-handed. I've got a concept about photographs, and I'm on the fence about photographs -- about human beings being obsessed with photographs -- because it takes you out of the now and transports you into the past or transports you into the future," he said. "It can be used to document, but a lot of times it overtakes [people]. People dwell too much in the memories. People always wanna hear the history of something, which is important, but I think it there's too much of an importance put on history."
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