Famous Chairs from Pop Culture According to ChairPickr
On Chairs On Cinema, 15 Famous Chairs In Memorable Movies
|Chair Name||Appeared In||Year (s)|
|The Captains Chair||Startrek||1966-1969|
|Djin Chair||2001: A Space Odyssey||1968|
|The Emperor's Throne||Starwars||1980-1983|
|The Ovalia Egg Chair||Men In Black||1997|
|The Red Letaher Wing-back||The Matrix||1999|
|The Hot Seat||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire||1999-Present|
|Throne of Gondor||Lord of The Rings||2001-2003|
|Dumbledores Chair||Harry Potter||2001-2011|
|Dr. Evil Motorized Chair||Austin Powers In Goldmember||2002|
|Odins Chair||Marvel, Thor||2011|
|Dr. Xaviers Floating Chair||X-Men Days of Futures Past||2014|
|Anthro Verte Flexible Highback||Batman VS Superman||2016|
|The Iron Throne||Game of Thrones||2011-2019|
Listed above are not just iconic things to sit on, these chairs also represent the attention to detail creators go through to get their audiences immersed in a story.
Below is a video playlist starting with an excellent synopsis about the importance of chairs in cinema, also movie clips of these listed chairs.
Most Popular Chairs of All Time
2001: A Space odyssey (1968) | Djin Chair
The Djin chairs appear when Dr. Floyd enters the Hilton lobby of Space Station Five while on his journey to the moon. This iconic piece of cinema was among the first product placements within a film.
Although futuristic looking, the Djin Chair is really a product of its time. The 1960s was the cusp of the ergonomic revolution. This chair has become a collector’s item but can still be found on online auction sites like eBay.
The Djin chair goes down in both film and design history as one of the coolest space chairs.
Starwars (1980-1983) | The Emperor's Throne
We’re only going to discuss the throne of Death Star II. There are, however, six throne rooms in the world of Starwars:
- Imperial Palace
- Imperial Sanctum
- Emperors Citadel
- Emperor Palaptines Surgical Reconstruction Center
- Death Star I
- Death Star II
- Fel’s Throne Room
There is not much known specifically about the throne itself. What we know is Emperor Palpatine’s throne tower was reconstructed just after the Battle of Endor.
If you know anything about the Starwars story-line, this is battle is where he cannot corrupt Luke Skywalker and thrown off the tower’s edge by his apprentice Darth Vader.
One thing we know is that Palpatine barely got any time even break in the cushion of his throne on the Death Star II.
Men In Black (1997) | The Ovalia Egg chair
It still looks futuristic!
The Ovalia Egg Chair was featured in a scene of Men in Black scene where protagonist Will Smith and U.S. Navy candidates take a test to become members of the Men in Black Agency.
They encapsulate the cocoon surrounding this piece of furniture with fiberglass and is 20 different colors of fabric.
Believe it or not, the production of these chairs was out of production for a decade from 1978 to 1988.
The popularity of this chair rose after being seen on the promotional posters of the movie Men in Black.
The Matrix (1999) |
The Red Leather Wing-back Armchair
This chair is more than just a place Morphious sat in to look cool. It looked so cool it was the unofficial logo of the series.
Compared to the submissions ahead, this leather wing-back is the famous chair I’d want in my home.
Dr. Evil motorized chairs |
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
From the 2002 film starring Mike Myers. The Dr. Evil chair was a prop in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember submarine sequence.
The chair reminds me of a captain’s chair on a Klingon Warbird.
Nerd references aside, this chair is maniacal, it features a joystick control with novelty buttons such as “On/Off; Intercom; Vibromassage ; Shark Tank; Missle; Laser.
Dr. Evils’ motorized chair is based on G Plan 6250 Chair. This being a parody of James Bond also pays homage to Blofeld’s chair from “You Only Live Twice”.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001-2011) | Albus Dumbledore's Chair
- Inspired by The Coronation Chair AKA King Edward’s Chair.
- Dumbledore could actually summon this chair out of thin air using his magical abilities.
- The Deathly Hallows symbol etched in on the back of Dumbledore’s chair.
- Richard Harris > Michael Gambon
Not surprised, Ol’ Dumbledore always sounded sleepy in the movies. That chair was too damn comfy.
To be clear, I am talking about the real Dumbledore from the first and second films; The second Dumbledore to be cast didn’t scratch my itch.
Wall-E (2008) | Hover Chairs
Imagine the smell of this guy’s seat – probably stinks of butt. Another question surrounding this chair is if ever runs out of battery and is their weight limit.
It looks like there is only one type of chair, but perhaps it grows as the human grows?
Marvel's Thor (2011) | Odin's Chair
For sure, the most preferred throne to sit in on this list. The throne room has great lighting and is the most majestic set in all of Asgard.
- For a short time, Odin’s son Loki commanded this chair.
- They also referred the Throne of Asgard to as “Hlidskjalf” and is the only place Odin can become celestial with Asgard’s 9 worlds.
X-Men Days of Futures Past (2014) |
The Floating Chair
Batman VS Superman (2016) |
The Anthro Verte Flexible Highback chair
Batman Vs Superman was not my favorite rendition of Bruce Wayne, but I sat through this film mostly for the scenes with this chair.
Just at look at this thing – it’s a super chair on its own without Batman’s behind in it.
- The upholstery is premium full-grain leather.
- Extremely customizable and feature rich, including tilt-forward headrest/seat, waterfall armrest/seat, a one-of-a-kind lumbar support system.
- They connect the backrest to a series of 11 torsion spring-loaded bearing joints to curve with your back for additional lumbar support.
Startrek (1966-1969) | The Command Chair
- The actual color of this chair is an off white variant called Gravity.
- The original captains chair was actually inspired by an executive office chair, The Madison Executive Office Chair to be exact.
- The buttons on the side are called “Gumdrop Buttons” and can control specific actions of the ship, such as Jettisoning a disruptive crew member.
- Data tapes are another feature on the captain’s chair. They usually contain secret messages and information.
- Arguably, the most iconic feature of this chair was its intercom system. Which was in the back of the chair.
Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991) | Chairy
Is Chairy comfortable? That is the biggest question I have for Peewee Herman.
It appears to be not the chair you wanna fall asleep in, considering its mouth is under you.
Chairy has mysterious origins and the creators of the show’s only inspiration behind this armchair was a chair that could offer hugs.
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire (1999-Present) | The Hot Seat
- From 2007 to 2011, there were 14 guest hosts on the show.
- The Hot Seat is actually a drafting chair that measures three feet in height.
- The Hotseat was eventually removed because its original intention was to make contestants feel nervous.
- There have been multiple spin-offs of the show including the Million Dollar Tournament of Ten, Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire, and the 10th Anniversary Celebration Series Event.
Game of Thrones (2011-2019) |
The iron Throne
It’s no surprise a few sitters of the Iron Throne went mad.
Just imagine having to walk up and down those stairs all the time at any chance tripping and getting impaled by your own chair.
- In the books, 1000 swords made up the Iron Throne, however, on the TV series because of budget constraints, there was only around 250 swords.
- The swords were taken from enemies during Aegons conquest of the seven kingdoms.
- In the books the Aegon the original sitter of the iron throne had his dragon, Balerion the Black Dread smolder a bunch of swords. Aegon then ordered black smiths to meld it into a throne.
- Aegon purposefully had the throne sit uncomfortable to remind future airs to sit & rule with caution.
Most Expensive Chairs In History
|#||Name of Chair||Price|
|25||EAMES SOFT PAD EXECUTIVE CHAIR||$2,559|
|24||SPECTRUM WEST WORK CHAIR||$2,650|
|23||ARPER ASTON EXECUTIVE CHAIR||$3,695|
|22||EAMES EXECUTIVE WORK CHAIR||$4,692|
|21||VITRA GRAND EXECTUIVE CHAIR LOWBACK CHAIR||$5,240|
|21.5||VITRA SKAPE HIGHBACK CHAIR||$6,825|
|20||WEGNER SWIVEL CHAIR||$12,500|
|19||G PLAN 6250 CHAIR||$16,000|
|18||ELYSIUM R BY DAVID HUGH LTD||$26,000|
|17||JK ROWLING’S HARRY POTTER CHAIR||$29,117|
|16||CAMPANA BROTHERS BOLOTAS CHAIR||$38,000|
|15||MARTIN BAKER MK3 EJECTION SEAT CHAIR||$39,995|
|14||FROM THE GLITTER BY KANG MYUNG SUN||$50,000|
|13||GETSUEN DIAMOND ARMCHAIR||$67,000|
|12||THE SILHOUETTE CHAIR||$78,128|
|11||LIMITED EDITION BANQUETED CHAIR||$85,000|
|10||THE DARBOUX CHAIR||$85,500|
|9||THE RIEMANN GILT BRONZE CHAIR||$90,000|
|8||THE ONYX CHAIR||$140,000|
|7||KENNEDY CABINET CHAIR||$146,500|
|6||PLUMEBLANCHE DIAMOND ENCRUSTED||$187,000|
|5||Z-CHAIR BY ZAHA HADID||$204,000|
|4||THE SKULL CHAIR||$500,000|
|3||PININFARINA’S ARESLINE XTEN CHAIR||$1,500,000|
|2||MARC NEWSON LOCKHEED LOUNGE CHAIR||$2,900,000|
|1||THE DRAGON'S CHAIR||$28,341,909|
For a more in debt look at each chair and their unique features, we fully cover the 25 most expensive chairs to date.
Any chair can be used in a scene, but great chairs are chosen for a purpose.
Chairs are in many scenes, but grand chairs are chosen for a purpose.
- The chair used in a film can define the world, theme, and personality of the character.
- The chair used in a film can also show power and the morality of the leader that sits in it.
The chair used in a film can show the personality type of the character that sits in it. Dr. Evil’s chair in the Austin Powers films is cheekily evil looking.
The chair used in a film can help develop the story in a scene.
Depending on how the character is sitting, chairs influence their moods, interactions with others.
Animated characters especially have their chairs tailored to their looks and personality, like that Carl and his arm-chair from the Pixar film “Up”.
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Zhou, Tony. “In Praise of Chairs.” Vimeo, 28 Dec. 2019, vimeo.com/129242528.
. Vivien. “At $51,000 This Is the Worlds Most Advanced Chair That Even Neutralizes Gravity.” Luxurylaunches, 10 Jan. 2018, luxurylaunches.com/home_improvement/at-51000-this-is-the-worlds-most-advanced-chair-that-even-neutralizes-gravity.php.
Who Is Albus Dumbledore. “Albus Dumbledore.” Harry Potter Wiki, 2017, harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/ Albus_Dumbledore.
Spooky. “This $26,000 Office Chair Will Make You Feel Weightless.” Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities, 3 Oct. 2016, www.odditycentral.com/news/this-26000-office-chair-will-make-you-feel-weightless.html. Accessed 12 Dec. 2019.
Food Juggler. “Fitless Humans (WALL·E).” YouTube, 24 Dec. 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-kdRdzxdZQ.
Cunningham, Lowell, et al. “Men in Black.” IMDb, 2 July 1997, www.imdb.com/title/tt0119654/.
“Hlidskjalf.” Marvel Database, 2019, marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Hlidskjalf.
Myers, Mike, et al. “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” IMDb, 26 July 2002, www.imdb.com/title/tt0295178/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0.
Stanton, Andrew, et al. “WALL·E.” IMDb, 26 June 2008, www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1.
Reubens, Paul. “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” IMDb, 13 Sept. 1986, www.imdb.com/title/tt0090500/
“Game of Thrones Chair DIY.” YouTube, 17 July 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBvSUjn9chM.
The Last Harpy. “The Secret Of The Iron Throne | The Swords (Game of Thrones).” YouTube, 19 Aug. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-P3yaGYWqI.
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