Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at the Palace of Versaille, Paris, 2010. Text by Philippe Dagen, Jill Gasparina, Laurent Le Bon. Photographs by Cédric Delsaux. "In the Salon des Nobles, amidst the fine furniture designed by Riesener, Takashi Murakami presents 'The Simple Things' – the result of a collaboration with musician and hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams, who makes his first foray into contemporary art with this piece. Seven sculptures representing everyday objects (soda can, condom, packet of nacho chips) are set in gold with thousands of precious stones. Takashi Murakami devised a brightly lit display case inspired by one of his characters, Mr. Dob. These everyday objects – 'Proust’s madeleine' à la Pharrell Williams – are displayed in all their majesty inside Mr. Dob’s mouth. This dazzling set celebrates the encounter between popular culture and the luxury world, which Takashi Murakami has often conquered with brio." -- publisher's statement.