Furniture from cult movies at the click of a mouse

Film and Furniture sells scene-stealing design pieces familiar from favourite blockbusters

Warren Platner armchair, as seen in Quantum of Solace, about £2,480
Warren Platner armchair, as seen in Quantum of Solace, about £2,480

Does design inform film or does film shape the world of design? There have certainly been films that have had a huge impact on the way the real world looks – 2001: A Space Odyssey, for instance, gave birth to stark sci-fi interiors at the end of the 1960s. The details were everything: the cutlery Arne Jacobsen created for Georg Jensen,which appeared in scenes in the film, was immediately elevated to the status of design classic. The range (about £245 for 24 pieces) is one of the products on sale via Film and Furniture, a website combining editorial with access to online sales of objects that have been captured in cinema classics.

Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen cutlery, as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey, about £245 for a 24-piece set
Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen cutlery, as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey, about £245 for a 24-piece set
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The site started as a blog and was relaunched recently with a focus on retail by Paula Benson, the co-founder and creative director of Form (the London-based design and branding studio responsible for revamping Abbey Road Studios and Virgin V Festival). “When I was growing up, I used to spend hours sketching my imaginary dream home,” says Benson. “My mind was totally lost in that world I was creating – the look, the sensations –  it was like a filmset. Whenever I watch a movie I find myself losing the plot while studying the contents of the set.” Benson is a regular on the design circuit, and recently gave a talk in Manchester with the Anthony Burgess Foundation about the look of A Clockwork Orange. The Ettore Sottsass Olivetti Valentine typewriter (£283) and the Saarinen Executive armchair (£1,242) were both featured in the film and are available via the site.

Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Valentine typewriter, as seen in A Clockwork Orange, £283
Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti Valentine typewriter, as seen in A Clockwork Orange, £283
Saarinen Executive armchair, as seen in A Clockwork Orange, £1,242
Saarinen Executive armchair, as seen in A Clockwork Orange, £1,242

Rather than holding stock itself, Film and Furniture is essentially an online magazine and database of objects seen on screen. Current features include a study on the significance of the Carlo Bugatti chair (about £18,750) in this year’s Alien: Covenant, and a design profile of the vintage Grenadier record player that featured in the Ian Curtis biopic Control. As well as allowing for product searches via a particular movie, Film and Furniture is also designed for easy browsing – flick through the A to Z in the “Furniture & Homeware” category and it serves as an ever-growing IMDb for objects and their starring roles. Mies Van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair for Knoll (about £5,000) has, according to the site, appeared in Tron: Legacy, American Psycho and Casino Royale, while Warren Platner’s 1966 armchair (about £2,480) appeared in Quantum of Solace.

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