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Iconic Furniture in Film
As Austinites and film lovers everywhere celebrate SXSW Festival 2023, we'd like to shine the spotlight on iconic and timeless furniture pieces on the small and big screen.
Eames RAR Rocking Chair & Platner Chair
It might've been all love and war in the House of Gucci, but in the summer of 2021, there was nothing but excitement for the merger of Knoll and Herman Miller. And why not? Knoll and Herman Miller are to furniture what Gucci is to fashion, the most iconic names in the industry. The two of them together? Forgeddaboutit! Just look at the chemistry between the Eames RAR Rocking Chair by Herman Miller and the Knoll Platner Chair in this scene with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.
Eames RAR & Platner Chair (circa 2021)
The Barcelona Chair
The Barcelona brings the suspense in Casino Royale (2006)
Tron: Legacy (2010) The Barcelona and Eames Lounger. Pure perfection.
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
If ever a piece of furniture should have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it's the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Charles and Ray Eames designed it as a gift for famed director Billy Wilder. Although it didn't debut on Wilder's 1959 comedy, Some Like It Hot set, a few years later, Eames' iconic lounger got top furniture billing in the Upper East Side loft of Jane Fonda’s character on Sunday In New York.
Not to be outdone by the big screen, the hit television comedy, Frasier, provided viewers with an unforgettably hilarious Eames Chair television one-liner. In the seventh episode, 'Call Me Irresponsible,' Frasier gets grief for his unwillingness to seal the deal with his co-star and love interest, who accuses him of finding it "all too easy" to abstain from physical intimacy. Breathlessly he replies, "you think I don't want to pick you up right now, carry you over to that Eames classic and show you why it's, the best-engineered chair in the world?" Classic Frasier neurotic, high-brow comedy.
Sunday in New York (1963) Jane Fonda in the Eames Lounge Chair
Kelsey Grammer kicking back in an Eames Chair with Frasier's best friend (1994)
The Womb Chair
Reese Witherspoon gets comfy in a Womb Chair in Legally Blonde (2001)
Renee Zellwegger's gorgeous pink Womb Chair in Down With Love (2003)
The Moon Is Blue (1953) and the Womb Chair is awesome
The Bertoia Collection
The Bertoia Diamond Chair strikes a pose in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Simply beautiful Bertoia Side Chairs in The Lake House (2006)
Furniture design can be dramatic, luxurious, and even whimsical. Herman Miller and Knoll designs are A-list furniture legends that remain top of mind for set designers, but off-screen, in your office or home, their magic is even more mesmerizing. Which iconic piece best tells your story?
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