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If you've ever wanted to lie in Brad Pitt's bed, now's your chance. The busy actor has designed his own line of high-end, Art Deco-inspired furniture, in conjunction with New Jersey furniture maker Frank Pollaro.
According to Architectural Digest, Pitt's furniture line consists of about a dozen pieces, including tables, chairs, a bathtub and an "ocean liner of a bed." That bed, which took two years to manufacture to Pitt's specifications, incorporates a king-sized mattress, glass-top side tables, and a hardwood bench "capable of seating, one imagines, the entire Jolie-Pitt clan." Other pieces are equally extravagant, including a 17-foot-long wooden dining table with a zig-zag design and a glass side table with a spiraling base made of 24K gold.
So how did Brad Pitt stumble into furniture design? "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 tells the magazine, citing two architects who designed furniture for their creations. "Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life."
This particular project came about when Pollard was installing a custom desk in Pitt's home, and noticed a sketchbook full of his furniture designs. The men agreed to collaborate on making those designs a reality, and now regularly get together to discuss craftsmanship, design and materials for "seven to ten hours," according to Pollard. (How on Earth does a working parent of six find ten hours to talk about furniture? Stars: sometimes, they're nothing like us.)
While creating the pieces, Pitt based every design on the idea of a single, uninterrupted line. "For me there is something more grand at play, as if you could tell the story of one’s life with a single line," he says -- sounding very much like those mysterious Chanel No. 5 commercials. (Maybe they were just taping him talking about furniture.)
Though many of us would like a chance to step into Brad Pitt's bathtub, the furniture will be prohibitively expensive -- at least, for now. Pollard says he's open to recreating the designs in a budget-friendlier material (like plastic) in order to mass-produce them. "The same chair we charge $45,000 for might sell for a fraction of that," he speculates.
Pitt has long been obsessed with architecture and design, to the point where he hopes his kids will become architects. "I'm pushing them that way," he told Ellen DeGeneres in March. "When you see them drawing crayon houses. 'That's a beautiful house, honey.' Just keep pushing them."
Maybe Shiloh's furniture line will be unveiled next?