Brad Pitt and Neri Oxman: Not dating, but designing
The Hollywood actor and the MIT professor plan to collaborate on an upcoming project.
Bradeneri?!? Coming up with a couples moniker for Brad Pitt and Neri Oxman was always going to be a difficult task. (Pittoxman just doesn't roll off the tongue.) Which is probably for the best. Earlier this year, a breathless paparazzi declared Dr. Neri Oxman, a celebrated Israeli MIT professor, to be Pitt's new girlfriend. But, according to a large profile of Oxman in this weekend's New York Times, the Haifa and Oklahoma natives are just friends.
Those hoping for some sort of union between Pitt and Oxman should have no fear. In the piece, Oxman revealed that she does hope to work with Pitt on a future design project.
Best-known for his career in Hollywood, Pitt's love for the silver screen does not match the zeal he shares for architecture. Notable projects have included spearheading the rebuilding of New Orleans' hurricane-devastated Lower 9th Ward, as well as the design of a hotel in the Mediterranean.
"I'm really into architecture, structure and design," he told Vanity Fair. "Give me anything and I'll design it. I'm a bit nutty with it."
Neri Oxman studied architecture at the Technion, and then at the London Architectural Association School of Architecture, graduating in 2004. (Photo: Joi Ito / Flickr)
Oxman, highly respected for her groundbreaking work in merging nature and design, just received the Design Innovation Medal at this year’s London Design Festival. Her art has been displayed around the world – from the Museum of Modern Art to the Smithsonian. She also appeared on ICON’s list of the “20 Most Influential Architects to Shape Our Future."
"As an architect – I believe in the synergy between the buildings we design, and the environments they form and inhabit; as a designer – I believe that the products we design are extensions of and for [the] human body," she said in an interview. "As a scholar of nature, I believe in the integration between buildings, products and the environment."
At the moment, it's unclear what design project the two will be working on. Pitt is currently in Los Angeles filming Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time." As for Oxman, she made headlines last week when her MIT lab unveiled a swarm of robots that can weave together to rapidly build high-strength structures like bridges.
Dr. Oxman, who has also worked with other celebrities like Icelandic singer Bjork, told the New York Times that she used the hoopla over her relationship with Pitt to bring attention to science. As the paparazzi followed her around snapping photographs, she carried copies of a famous physics textbook and a phonograph record that traveled to outer space.
As for her feelings for Pitt, she described the actor “as the last of the Mohicans in post-Netflix Hollywood. He brings together the timely and the timeless, which is what cinema is all about.”
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