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November 2, 2012

For his latest role, Brad Pitt joins a familiar ensemble cast. No, it’s not George Clooney and the rest of the Ocean’s Eleven gang reuniting for another film. This time Pitt’s costars are Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pierre Chareau, and Paul Dupré-Lafon. In his debut as a furniture designer, the actor is presenting about a dozen pieces—tables, chairs, and one rather fantastic bed—alongside 45 or so works by his collaborator, Frank Pollaro, whose New Jersey firm is noted for its impeccable reproductions of Art Deco furnishings.

The unveiling, which will take place November 13 through 15 in New York (register at pollaro.com for details), has been years in the making. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Pitt. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”

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.”

Read more. Thanks Gabriella. There is also an exclusive interview with Brad.


• x001 Architectural Digest (December ’12).

Author: admin | Categories: architecture, BP Gallery, magazines | Comment(s): 5


5 Comments

  1. Author: Gabriella
    Date: November 2, 2012

    imagine how shocked I was when I was searching yesterday for the images of AD from Russia to see Miraval & saw this!
    You are so welcome. This is in his winecellar at Miraval.The opening(showing is in NYC on Nov 13-15th)

  2. Author: Mary Anne
    Date: November 3, 2012

    I will be purchasig ths Architectural Digest. He does have a distinctive style.

    This project makes me chuckle at the tabloids lack of knowledge. They insist that their “friends, sources of friends and friends of sources and their relatives twice removed tell them about their lives. But somehow they missed him designing a million dollar engagement ring for more than a year and now this.

    Brad and Angelina live their lives, do their jobs and make important advocacy contributions without much fuss. Bless them both!!

    Thanks for the updates.

  3. Author: Norma
    Date: November 4, 2012

    Im here in New York, if this is a way to see it I will go! Hopefully I can take pics to post for us.

  4. Author: admin
    Date: November 4, 2012

    That would be amazing Norma!

  5. Author: Norma
    Date: November 6, 2012

    Hi Admin,
    I was able to fine something on Brads furniture posted in Peoples magazine. I would actually like to see the real thing here.

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20645077,00.html

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