Normally when celebrities look to expand their branding empire, they turn to the worlds of makeup and fragrance. Well, leave it to Brad Pitt to break from the ranks, as Angelina Jolie's betrothed has taken time out from his busy schedule of making parody-ready Chanel No. 5 ads to collaborate on his own line of furniture.
And while it may seem unusual, it's not exactly a surprise, as Pitt has long been styling himself into an architecture and design buff.
As for when we get to see the fruits of Pitt's labor, it's not long now.
According to Architectural Digest, which has chronicled Pitt's transformation from silver screen god to Art Deco designer extraordinaire, Pitt's debut furniture collection will be made public at a multiday unveiling taking place Nov. 13-15 in New York. (For those without tickets, fear not, it will also be featured on the collaborators' new website.)
Pitt will present 12 pieces, among them tables, chairs and what the magazine describes as "one rather fantastic bed," all of which he designed with furniture maker Frank Pollaro.
And to hear Pitt tell it, this seemingly random partnership has been years—decades, practically—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," he told AD. "Actually, I found Wright in college, when I was looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life."
And while we won't see the actual pieces until next week, the magazine gives us a taster of what's to come, describing the bed (only nine of which will be produced, so get it while you can, collectors) as having a tropical-hardwood frame, exposed nickel trusses and built-in cantilevered bench, while other pieces include a 17-foot wood dining table, nickel side tables with silk-under-glass tops, and another side table whose spiral base is finished in 24K gold.
Still, while Pitt seems to have found himself a new calling, fans don't need to worry about him jumping cinematic ship, as the star is, even now, reticent to even call himself a furniture designer.
"Let's not get ahead of ourselves," he told the magazine. Phew.