Futuristic cutlery fit for a Space Odyssey

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Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) gave us a glimpse of what the future might look like, but so visionary and well researched was it’s production design, film set design and props, it is near impossible even some 48 years later to escape the ‘retro-future’ it defined. Many of the furniture pieces and props it featured are still sought after and in use today, including the Space Odyssey cutlery.

Take the elegant, futuristic flatware used by the Jupiter Mission crew in Discovery One for example – designed a decade earlier in fact, in 1957 by another visionary: Danish designer Arne Jacobsen.

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Dr. David Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole eat dinner onboard Discovery One in 2001 A Space Odyssey

Jogging in space (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Jogging in space – The circular centrifugal interior of Discovery One in 2001: A Space Odyssey


Given it’s modernist aesthetic, this stainless steel cutlery set feels utterly contemporary and remains the tableware of choice for many designers and aesthetes, aside of it’s 2001 connections.

Own a set of sleek Jacobsen “2001” tableware by Georg Jenson and give your dinner parties the ultimate edge!

A 24 piece set of Jacobsen cutlet is available from Amara for £245 >

Arne Jacobsen cutlery set as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Arne Jacobsen cutlery set as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Dinner of board the Station Station with Jacobsen cutlery in 2001 A Space Odyssey

Dinner whilst flying through space, with Jacobsen cutlery in 2001 A Space Odyssey


Here’s the actual set used in the film, as exhibited in Stanley Kubrick at LACMA (image c/o Hollywood Movies, Costumes and Props)

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You may also be interested in:

2001 A Space Odyssey – a close look at those fabulously futuristic Djinn chairs and how Kubrick’s vision of the future was brought to life through ‘product placement’ >

Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange : Brutalism in exteriors, interiors and a quilt >

The Power of Pattern: The carpet in The Shining >

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Paula Benson

Film and Furniture founder / Co-Creative Director at Form. Passionate about interiors, design, art, film, music and mind over matter.

Posted in: Feature on July 10, 2016
Film Title: 2001 A Space Odyssey
Film Year: 1968
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Sci Fi
Object Type: cutlery tableware flatware
Object Sub-type: Jacobsen cutlery
Object Colour: silver
Object Designer: arne jacobsen
Object Shop: Amara
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