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31 May 2012

Architecture, Design and Film - 2001 Space Odyssey


In a new regular feature I thought it would be good to combine three popular SoVibrant subjects: Architecture, design and film. These three have always been closely linked in the creative world and none more so than in some of the most memorable blockbusters.

To start with, I have chosen 2001: A Space Odyssey, a 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Remarkably ahead of its time, and regarded as the most thoroughly and accurately researched films in screen history with respect to aerospace design, this is one of my favourites.

Kubrick involved himself in every aspect of production and set design, picking actors’ costumes and selecting notable pieces of contemporary furniture.
The most noted pieces of furniture in the film are the bright red Djinn Chairs by Olivier Mourgue, seen prominently throughout the Hilton Space Station.
Alongside these, are Eero Saarinen's 1956 pedestal tables, another famous piece of "modern" design.
Kubrick even chose cutlery designed by Arne Jacobsen, for the Discovery astronauts in the film.

The film went on to influence Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ridley Scott amongst others , who describes the film as unbeatable.


Images courtesy of Google Images

Architecture - Design - Film - 2001 Space Odyssey

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