Kanye West's Set Designer Proves Nothing Was Stolen From Lorde

Kanye West's Set Designer Proves Nothing Was Stolen From Lorde
Credit: Source: Billboard

Pop singer Lorde has been proven wrong about her claims that Kanye West stole her set design idea. It turns out that neither Lorde nor Kanye had an original thought when they decided to do parts of their performance suspended from the air in a floating clear box.

After catching wind of Kanye and Kid Cudi's "Kid's See Ghosts" performance at Camp Flog Gnaw, Lorde took to her Instagram Stories to call out the duo: "I'm proud of the work I do and it's flattering when other artists are inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on for themselves. But don't steal — not from women or anyone else — not in 2018 or ever."

Her statement was accompanied by photos of her Melodrama Tour and Coachella performance in 2017.


John McGuire, the owner of Trask House (who designed Kid Cudi and Kanye West's floating glass box) told the New York Times said that Lorde: "Wasn’t the first person to use a floating glass box, she won’t be the last. She doesn’t own it, her designer didn’t invent it. Cubes and floating aren’t new to Kanye West, stage design or architecture. A quick google of floating glass box brings up many instances of suspended glass cubes."

Speaking of Lorde's set designer, Es Devlin explained herself that the box in question is in no way an original concept. While citing an American opera performance titled "Carmen," Devlin added: "I admire both and see no imitation at work here: I think the more interesting point is that both artists, responding to our dis-jointed times, are being drawn to this gesture of the fragile floating room."

Es Devlin actually worked with Kanye in the past. Around the same time that Lorde was an up and coming artist trying to score a collaboration from Ye who she once idolized.

In 2016, the father of three used a floating stage during his Yeezus tour. Additionally, magician David Blaine, and artists like Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, and ASAP Rocky have used similar setups in the past.

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  • Graeme Henderson
    Graeme Henderson Nov 17, 2018 2:39 PM PST

    OK, I Googled "Floating Glass Box" and John McGuire seems to be lying. Where are these examples? Es Devlin is not an impartial observer here, she also needs to provide actual examples, photo or video, of these other glass boxes. The expected flood of examples has as yet completely failed to materialize????????

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