Robert Pattinson designed a sofa – the playful piece is a masterclass in beautiful, functional design

The 'Batman' actor's sofa design is chicer than we could have imagined – the gorgeous piece prioritizes socializing, and designers are impressed

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We all know that Robert Pattinson has skills. The most known is acting, but his furniture design aptitude might be just as impressive.

Working together with designer Nicole Gordon, the actor created an architectural white sofa that's shaped a bit like an ear. According to Architectural Digest, the gorgeous living room sofa idea came from Pattinson's interest in creating a playful and informal piece of furniture that prioritized socialization. The piece is artfully engineered so that each arm can support up to 350 lbs of weight, raising the number of people who can sit on the sofa in a stylish way.

The couch taps into sofa trends with its white linen velvet upholstery. Pattinson gave it an extra pop with a slab of pink onyx on the bottom of the sofa, and if you look closely you can see the embedded pink onyx drink trays on either arm. The organic white and pink piece would bring warm, cozy, structural comfort to any space.

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As intended, the Pattinson-designed sofa certainly sparks conversation. First, why is every celebrity a furniture designer now? From Kelly Clarkson's Wayfair Collection to Drew Barrymore's Beautiful Line with Walmart the celebrity-led furniture brand seems to be more and more of a trend.

Megan Slack, design expert and head of celebrity style at Homes & Gardens says: 'As interior design is increasingly respected as an art form, more actors and musicians are pushing to add this skill to their portfolio. It can be an interesting extension of their personal brands. As "lifestyle influencing" is seen as a legitimate career choice, it's a prudent and artistic thing to incorporate.'

Second, Pattinson's sofa sparks conversation around the purpose of design. Design experts love the way that the white sofa prioritizes both function and beauty. 'I love the way that Pattinson has built this piece of furniture to encourage socialization and fun, but it's also design-led,' says Jennifer Ebert, design expert. She continues, 'Even though it's such a sculptural piece, the natural, organic curves of the sofa are welcoming and invite viewers to have a seat.'

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While you can't shop the exact sofa Robert Pattinson designed, the curved shape, softness, and style can be easily recreated with another rounded sofa. These boucle and linen pieces bring the same conversational warmth.

Though we couldn't have predicted Robert Pattinson designing an expertly engineered sofa, we're so glad he did. If we're lucky, this won't be the last design we see from him.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.