fenyxº. film. furniture
March 15, 2023
4 min. read
The film "2001: A Space Odyssey" is renowned for its stunning and imaginative sets that have left an indelible impression on the world of film and design. Director Kubrick's attention to detail and meticulousness were legendary, and for this movie, he wanted to build a space-age world unlike any other.
The iconic interior in the film was conceived by production designer Harry Lange, who had previously worked in the 'future projects' department at NASA and was introduced to Kubrick by Arthur C Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel." Together, Kubricks’ and Langes’ goal was to make the sets of the Space Odyssey look authentic, and more importantly to predict the technology and look of the future.
To achieve this technical authenticity, Kubrick assembled a team of astronomical artists, aeronautics specialists, and aerospace engineers to design the switch panels, display systems, and communications devices for the spacecraft interiors in the movie. In addition, he hired three production designers who shared the Best Art Direction Academy Award and BAFTA award.
Kubrick also created one of the first product placement ties by reaching out to corporations and furniture makers, asking them to submit concepts of how their products might look decades later. Some of the manufacturers who participated were IBM, Whirlpool, Macy’s, Dupont, Hilton Hotels, Nikon, and Kodak, as well as renowned interior designers like Eero Saarinen. In doing so, the film became a platform for progressive contemporary design and ushered in design innovation.
Unarguably the most striking pieces of furniture featured in the film are the organically shaped red chairs in the stark white Hilton Lounge. These are the 'Djinn' chairs designed by Olivier Mourgue. They became very popular after the release of the film and are a sought-after vintage grail. The accompanying pedestal tables are designed by Eero Saarinen and (still) produced by Knoll.
Kubrick's film predicted not only the future of design but also much of the technology we take for granted today. His Hal 9000 is today's Siri. As a matter of fact, the look of his film was so convincing that some believe NASA never landed a craft on the moon and Kubrick staged it all in a film studio.
The film "2001: A Space Odyssey" stands as a testament to Kubrick's visionary genius and his ability to create a world that felt at once earthly and ethereal. The film's influence can be seen in the design of everything from science fiction films to contemporary furniture, and its legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
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