CC-2 Chair, designed in 2009
The Pitt-Pollaro Collection is a line of furniture designed by actor Brad Pitt and built by New Jersey-based high-end furniture maker Frank Pollaro. All pieces are individually signed and numbered and available to purchase as limited-editions. The collection includes a tub made of Venetian marble, a white polyurethane chair, a ziricote bed fashioned with “farm raised stingray skins and nickel details” and nine other pieces. The two met in 2008 when Pitt commissioned a custom desk from Pollaro and they “found that they had a common passion for furniture and fine details.”
The Pitt-Pollaro site further describes how their collaboration came about:
…During their discussion, Frank noticed a design sketch book on a nearby table. Intrigued by the hundreds of sketches that Brad had created over a ten-year period, Frank encouraged Brad to allow Pollaro to transform his drawings into three-dimensions. Brad enthusiastically agreed to move forward. In reviewing the sketches, they selected what would become the initial pieces of the Pitt-Pollaro collection. In Pollaro’s design department, the furniture was engineered, and the sketches were translated into shop drawings and photorealistic renderings. Brad visited Pollaro’s shop frequently to review the design engineering process, make revisions, and select materials from Pollaro’s museum of rare materials.
Over a four-year development period, driven by their common vision of unequalled quality, Brad and Frank created the Pitt-Pollaro collection. Designed by Pitt, built by Pollaro. They dedicated hundreds of hours to meetings where Brad’s vision of design was balanced with Pollaro’s legendary craftsmanship. Prototypes were created, revised and recreated until Brad was satisfied with every detail of the design, and Pollaro was confident of the comfort and integrity of each piece.
You can view the entire collection at the Pitt-Pollaro site.
Toi et Moi Bath Tub, designed 2010
PP-2 Bed, designed in 2001
images via Pitt-Pollaro Collection