Brad Pitt has taken on an unexpected role, teaming up with furniture maker Frank Pollaro to create the new Pitt-Pollaro line, set to debut in New York City on Nov. 13.
Pitt’s collection is made up of about a dozen pieces including dining tables, a cocktail table, several side tables, a few club chairs, a bathtub for two and a bed, which will be shown alongside 45 or so works by Pollaro, whose New Jersey firm is noted for its impeccable reproductions of Art Deco furnishings.
“I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Pitt told Architectural Digest (AD). “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life."
The pair started by designing 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.
Only nine of these beds will be made, each in different materials, and all of the initial designs are customizable in a variety of materials and finishes, will be made in numbered editions or limited production and signed by Pitt and Pollaro.
Though no specific prices are available Pollaro told AD they will be, “typically at the highest end of the custom-furnishings scale, and these will be up there, even north of that.” But, he added, eventually certain pieces may be adapted for larger-scale production, in different materials—a chair in molded plastic, say. “The same chair we charge $45,000 for might sell for a fraction of that,” said Pollaro.
“Understand none of this would be tangible if not for Frank,” Pitt told AD. “One day he saw an old design of mine and said he could make something of it. Now I give him any idea, no matter how challenging engineering-wise, and I know if it can be cracked, he will crack it to perfection. There lies great freedom in such a relationship. His obsession trumps my own.”
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.
For more information on the Pitt-Pollaro line, click here. The website will go live on Nov. 11.
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