The 7 Most Famous Chairs in Movies
Filmmakers give attention to every detail of production, including the chairs. And some of those chairs have gone on to become stars in their own right. You might remember the actors but you’ll also remember what they were sitting in, the restaurants they ate in, and the restaurant tables. Many of the furniture featured in movies went on to become a popular item in everyone’s home. Here is a list of the top 7 most iconic film chairs in movie history.
The Wegner Ox Chair by Hans Wegner, from Austin Powers
The Wegner Ox Chair has appeared in several movies including Bond films but the one it is most identified with is Austin Powers. The chair was the favorite seat of Dr. Evil and epitomized masculinity and minimalism.
Ruby Leather Wingback by Chesterfield, from the Matrix
This impressive chair became like another character in the 1999 film The Matrix. It was the throne of Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburn, and became his trademark. With its high back, scrolled wings, and padded ruby red leather the chair screams power.
Djinn Chair by Oliver Morgue from 2001 A Space Odyssey
In the 1968 science fiction film, 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, we see these futuristic red chairs in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel on Space Station Five. The chair is named after the Islamic spirits that are shape shifters – Djinn. It is a low chair, to emphasize a casual contemporary lifestyle, and although it is modern it actually looks very comfortable. In the movie, the red chairs are paired with white Tulip Tables. If you want to see one, visit the MoMA in New York. Now that 55 years have gone by you’d think the chair would have lost its appeal, but it still appeals to lovers of Avant-garde yet functional furniture.
Commander Chair from Star Trek
Unlike some of the chairs on this list, you probably won’t find too many commander chairs in people’s homes. It is a unique design that will live in the memory of many viewers who grew up watching this iconic TV series, and later films. With its command panel set into the armrests, and the padded black seat, this chair tells you immediately who is in charge.
Ovalia Egg Chair by Henrik Thor-Larson from Men in Black
Who can forget Will Smith sitting in the Ovalia Egg Chair with his serious expression, dark glasses, and holding a Men in Black gun of some kind. The timeless design of The Egg created by Danish designer Jacobsen in 1958 fits the ethos of MIB perfectly. You can find Egg chairs in most designer furniture stores and homes where the owners like slick, retro, futuristic yet 1960s décor.
The Throne from The Game of Thrones
It's not just chairs on the big screen that capture our hearts, who can forget the Game of Thrones, throne. OK so it wasn’t a chair, it was a throne, but really it was one of the most magnificent chairs created for entertainment. The Iron Throne in the Great Hall at Kings Landing has metal blades fanning out as a backrest and a wide (rather uncomfortable) metal seat.
The Gubi Chair from Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe
Again this is a chair from the small screen, and this time it is very recent. The chair in question is the object of Casey Wilson’s character Chloe’s inexplicable obsession with Gubi Chairs. In the movie Chloe, a designer is working with Sasha Tran (played by Ali Wong) to create the décor for her new San Francisco restaurant, Saintly Fare. As Chloe is doing a walk-through of the space and describing her design concept to Wong, she keeps repeating “Gubi chair”. She says they should place these stylish affordable restaurant chairs at every table. And although most viewers probably don’t know what she was going on about, the Gubi is part of a Danish brand that has been around since 1967.
Floating Chair from X-Men: Days of Future Past
Another unforgettable movie chair is Professor X’s floating chair from X-Men. The design may not be one we’ll be seeing in homes any time soon, but it was perfect for the film and the character. The chair was inspired by the original comic book version which was bright yellow. But we prefer the more “realistic” floating chair in the movie.