We all know Brad Pitt yearns to be an architect, but are there any Hollywood stars with industrial design leanings? (And I'm not talking about Lady Gaga "designing" a pair of headphones; something tells me she wasn't working the AutoCAD.) When GadgetLab posted a list of "19 Patents Invented by Ingenious Celebrities," I eagerly scoured the list to find anything vaguely ID related.
Closest thing I found was exciting... then disappointing: Steve McQueen, it turns out, designed a bucket seat in 1969, and the patent was granted in '70.
I say disappointing because there isn't a single mention of any functional or ergonomic improvement in the entire filing, which merely describes it as "the ornamental design for a bucket seat." So why'd he design it, just for looks? Was the shape more comfortable?
"I just don't like the way this damn thing feels."
The internet is no help—ridiculous sites like WikiAnswers credit McQueen with inventing the bucket seat altogether, which is absurd. (Europeans had them in the '50s, and they started popping up in Chevys around 1962.)
The real mystery, though, is why no one has yet knocked his design off and attempted to cash in on McQueen's cool. The patent expired in '84, and I know some of you reading this could CAD that thing up faster than a speeding Bullitt.
I love that new car smell