"I loved it very much, but it caused a lot of back problems,” the actor recalled in a new interview with 'Architectural Digest'
Robert Pattison is having quite a full-circle moment.
In a new interview with Architectural Digest, the actor, 37, discussed designing his dream sofa, starting with sketches and then making models of the piece out of clay. His newfound passion for furniture design is pretty surprising considering he once didn't own any furniture at all.
The Twilight star confessed that he had to get a little creative to make do in his empty home. "There was a time when the only piece of furniture I had for about six months was an inflatable boat that would double as my couch, bed and dining table," he recalled.
"I loved it very much, but it caused a lot of back problems,” he added.
Now, Pattison can kick back — and eat and sleep, if he so chooses — on his one-of-a-kind 9-foot-long sofa, which he said is the result of "fantasizing" about a piece of furniture with completely soft lines. He told the magazine that he had a bit of downtime after filming 2022's The Batman and decided to do some doodling.
“I started sketching pieces of furniture I thought would make people interact in a playful and informal way,” he explained. “They all had disproportionate, oversized elements that were quite fun. And in the process of making some models out of clay, I found that organic overlapping curves had a similar effect.”
As he delved deeper into the process, he tapped designer Nicole Gordon — with whom he had worked on two of his homes — to help him refine his ideas. Designer architect Andrea Cadioli then joined the project, building a wooden frame for the sofa, which was upholstered by Claudia Bracamontes.
The end result is an ultra-modern, U-shaped piece with two "floating," lobe-like arms in a white linen velvet with embedded pink onyx drink trays on the armrests. Excited by what they created, Gordon encouraged Pattison to show the sofa to furniture retailer Joel Chen, who owns JF Chen in Los Angeles.
“I was in awe of the somewhat complicated design,” Chen told AD. “The sofa is entirely unique, and Rob’s strong sense of the angled shapes interpreted from everyday objects is incredible."
Pattison's creation is now display at JF Chen, and six additional made-to-order pieces are being sold. Inspired by the positive response to his work, the Tenet star is now busy working on a matching table and chairs.
“I’m just anxiously waiting for his next designed piece. He certainly should not stop,” Chen said of Pattison's new hobby.
While Pattison's foray into furniture design has won rave reviews, the actor recently revealed that he struggles with a fear of humiliation in his movie career. He told Interview magazine he even avoids taking on roles that he thinks might make him look bad.
“I have a deep, deep fear of humiliation,” Pattinson explained. “And also, you sort of know it’s down to you. You can say it’s a sh---- script or the director’s a d--- or blah, blah, blah, but at the end of the day, no one’s going to care about the reasons.”
“You’re the one who everyone’s going to say is lame,” he continued. “And the vast majority of people will say you’re lame even when you tried your best.”
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Pattison also opened up about the challenges of working in Hollywood and not knowing when your next job is coming.
“I’m constantly thinking that you’re just going to spend the vast majority of your life unemployed and desperate and kind of feeling like you’re a total failure. I think that’s just what life is,” he said.
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