I mostly just want to copy and paste this entire article from Architectural Digest (via TheAwl) about Brad Pitt’s latest stint as a high end furniture designer, but instead, I will simply copy and paste MOST of it:
By now, Pitt’s passion for architecture and design is well established, evidenced by his Make It Right foundation, which enlists prominent architects to create quality affordable housing in post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as by his high-profile collecting of modernist and contemporary furniture. But it wasn’t until he met Pollaro that he seriously considered making his own furnishings. When Pollaro paid Pitt a visit to install a reproduction Ruhlmann desk the actor had commissioned a few years ago, he spotted Pitt’s sketchbook, filled with drawings of furniture designs. Pollaro didn’t hesitate. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t we make some of this stuff real?’” he recalls. “Brad said he thought that could be fun.”
Yes. That could be fun. One of the world’s pre-eminent furniture designers will take any idea that pops out of your head and enlist a highly trained team of artisans to create it? Totally fun. Have fun with it. Let’s all have fun with it, after the jump:
They started with the bed—an Art Deco ocean liner of a bed, featuring a lustrous tropical-hardwood frame that extends from its gently curved headboard, along the floor, to a graceful arc that ends in a cantilevered bench capable of seating, one imagines, the entire Jolie-Pitt clan. Refinements include exposed nickel trusses to support the king-size mattress, integrated shagreen foot pads, and nickel side tables with silk-under-glass tops that seem more suited for cocktails than alarm clocks. It took Pollaro and his team more than two years to make the piece, in part because of “difficult physics and engineering issues related to the simplicity of the design,” he says. Once it was completed, he and Pitt agreed it should be exhibited. But not just the bed—a whole collection of Pitt’s creations. And their partnership was born.
The first rule of Bed Design Club is you don’t make this reference in 2012. I do not understand half of the words in this paragraph. What are shagreen foot pads? Are they usually NOT integrated?! Why were the physics of Brad Pitt’s bed so difficult to execute? Could it be because HE IS NOT ACTUALLY A FURNITURE DESIGNER AND YOU WERE JUST USING WHAT AMOUNTS TO A CHILD’S COLORING BOOK FOR INSTRUCTIONS? Or is it because he has very exacting “fuck-weight-tolerance” specifications?
To decide which of Pitt’s ideas to produce (there are “literally thousands,” according to Pollaro), the two men regularly get together for meetings “lasting anywhere from seven to ten hours,” Pollaro says. “We talk about design, about materials, about craftsmanship, about classicism, about modernism. He has a respect for the masters of design.”
Describing himself as “bent on quality to an unhealthy degree,” Pitt says Pollaro “embodies the same mad spirit of the craftsmen of yore, with their obsessive attention to detail. It just so happens Frank and I speak the same language. And we both have a predilection for far too much wine.”
Brad Pitt has “literally thousands” of ideas for furniture. Hahahha. THOUSANDS? That is a lot of ideas for furniture. I also love that their meetings can last anywhere from 7 to 10 hours. Nuts. 7 hour meetings? Absolutely? 8 hour meetings? You got it. 9 hour meetings? Sometimes. 10 hour meetings? Yes, but that is the upper limit. It is somewhere between 7 and 10 hours. Sidenote: Brad Pitt casually uses words like “yore.”
In addition to the bed—only nine will be made, each in different materials—the Pitt pieces include a dining table, a cocktail table, several side tables, a few club chairs, even a bathtub for two in Statuario Venato marble. Many of the designs incorporate the idea of a single line. That line can be geometric, as in the case of a 17-foot-long wood dining table whose jagged base dramatically zigzags at unexpected angles. Or it can be sinuous, as with a glass-top side table that features a wispy spiraling metal base finished in 24K gold.
When asked about the appeal of an uninterrupted line, Pitt explains that there’s a metaphorical element that’s difficult to articulate. “It started with my introduction to Mackintosh’s Glasgow rose, which is drawn with one continuous line,” he says. “But for me there is something more grand at play, as if you could tell the story of one’s life with a single line.”
FOR BRAD PITT, THERE IS SOMETHING MORE GRAND AT PLAY, AS IF YOU COULD TELL THE STORY OF ONE’S LIFE WITH A SINGLE LINE. Whoa. A line in the shape of a…cocktail table? That costs $45,000? Powerful stuff. Powerful, powerful stuff, guys. It’s probably going to take us all a while to process. Lie down on that Statuario Venato marble fainting couch and think about your IMDB page.