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Vintage furniture seen in films and series

When you watch movies or even TV series and you are a design enthusiast, it is not uncommon to recognize iconic vintage furniture from the 20th century! The Egg Chair byArne Jacobsen, the Lounge chair by Charles & Ray Eames but also the Tulip table by EeroSaarinen are recurring pieces in period films (Oscar), in series about the past years (Mad Men) or even in science fiction films (2001, A Space Odyssey)!

Through this non-exhaustive list, you will discover some mythical films and famous series whose directors have given a certain importance to vintage furniture.

Zoolander and the Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen

The movie Zoolander directed by Ben Stiller in 2002 tells the story of a famous model at the peak of his career. In the picture below, the terrible and manipulative stylist named Jacobi Mugatu is sitting in the comfortable Egg Chair.

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Casino Royale and the Barcelona armchair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

In this excerpt from Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell in 2006, you will recognise the famous James Bond sitting in the Barcelona driver’s seat.

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Iron Man and the Lounge chair by Charles & Ray Eames

Robert Downey Jr., in this case Iron Man in the 2008 Jon Favreau film of the same name, rests in the Eames’ Lounge Chair.

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The Wolf of Wall Street and the Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer

Jean Dujardin plays a Swiss banker in The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013). Do you recognise Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair?

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Mad Men and the Tulip table by Eero Saarinen and the Nesso lamp

Matthew Weiner ‘s Mad Men series follows 1960s advertising executives in New York for 7 seasons. If you like those years and especially vintage furniture, you will probably enjoy this fiction! The iconic pieces are indeed numerous, as you can see below with the Tulip table by Eero Saarinen and the Nesso lamp edited by Artemide.

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Dr House and the Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames

When the wacky Dr. House rests, it is on an Eames lounge chair. During the 7 seasons directed by David Shore, you can see vintage furniture on different occasions.

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2001, A Space Odyssey and the Djinn chairs by Olivier Mourgue

Stanley Kubrick is a director known for his taste in vintage furniture. Below, you can see the Djiinn armchairs by French designer Olivier Mourgue in 2001, A Space Odyssey (1968).

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Star Trek and Maurice Burke’s chairs

Star Trek (1966-1969), the three-season science fiction series directed by Gene Roddenberry, is famous for its use of iconic 20th century furniture. Below, the main characters are reunited around chairs designed by Maurice Burke.

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Austin Powers and the Ox chair by Hans Wegner

The man with the fearsome look in the clip is none other than Doctor Denfer from the 1997 film Austin Powers directed by Jay Roach. The Ox chair on which this terrible character is sitting is a creation of Hans Wegner!

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Oscar and the Mushroom armchair by Pierre Paulin

The film Oscar directed by Edouard Molinaro in 1967 tells the story of an industrialist (Louis de Funès) facing multiple problems. In the living room, you will recognize the famous Mushroom

armchair by Pierre Paulin.

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Kingsman and the Bulle armchair by Eero Aarnio

In Matthew Vaughn ‘s spy film Kingsman (2015), Eero Aarnio’s bubble chair is seen in one of the early scenes.

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