Film and furniture go together like peas and carrots, like Thelma and Louise, like Amelie and a creme brûlée. To honour this, Paula Benson (co-founder of design agency Form) created the site Film and Furniture, billed as a “lovingly curated resource directing you where to find the décor, art and furniture you spot in your favourite films.”
Paula has kindly picked out her five favourite pieces of furniture from film for us. Enjoy!
1. The Djinn Chair
Whose jaw could fail to drop the first time you set eyes on those playful yet functional red Djinn chairs as Dr Floyd enters the Hilton lobby of Space Station Five on his way to the moon in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey? Designed by Oliver Morgue in 1965, the name comes from a shape-shifting Islamic mythological spirit.
2. The Barcelona Chair by Knoll
Sexy as hell, an icon of the modern movement and one of my personal favourite pieces – the Knoll Barcelona chair designed by Mies van der Rohe – is a star performer in Tron:Legacy’s digital world “safehouse.” It’s one of the many films this stunning chair has been featured in, including a Bond or two. It’s an interesting choice by production designer Darren Gilford in his mission to create the digital-age decor for Tron, given that the chair was in fact designed in 1929. This is testament to the fact it’s a timeless classic and a genuine furniture icon.
4. The carpet in The Shining
The hexagonal patterned carpet in the Overlook Hotel has a whole deep pile of conspiracy theories around it. Whatever Kubrick had in his mind, it’s etched in mine. Director Lee Unkrich also pays rightful homage to it in Toy Story 3.
5. The Arnolfo di Cambio whiskey tumbler
Deckard (Harrison Ford) is seen in Blade Runner drinking whiskey from what is surely the coolest whiskey glass ever made. Designed in 1974 the CIBI tumbler is a Double Old Fashion glass made from hand-blown crystal glass. They’re still in production by the Arnolfo di Cambio company, which was founded in Tuscany, Italy in 1963 and in the course of ten decades and three generations has become one of Italy’s leading glass manufacturers.
Film and Furniture is a running competitions to win two pairs of these glasses over on www.filmandfurniture.co.uk, hashtag #FF100BRunner on Twitter, from Friday 6 March
About the Author
Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.