Breuer, Meier and Mackintosh furniture in 9 1/2 Weeks

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Marcel Breuer’s infamous Wassily Chair has oft been referenced for its appearance in the steamy 1986 flick Nine and a Half Weeks starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, but it’s the chaise lounge, chair and table from the Richard Meier collection for Knoll which we at Film and Furniture remember more distinctly from the film’s classic ’80s monochrome bachelor pad.

furniture in nine and a half weeks Wassily Chair  Richard Meier Chaise in 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film furniture

Kim Basinger elegantly seated in a Breuer Wassily Chair in 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Left: we see the Richard Meier Chaise

furniture in nine and a half weeks The Wassily lounge chair designed by Marcel Breuer.  film and furniture

The Wassily lounge chair designed by Marcel Breuer. Available from The Conran Shop

Marcel Breuer was an apprentice at the Bauhaus in 1925 when he conceived the first tubular steel chair which he named in honour of his contemporary, Wassily Kandinsky. The tubular frame was inspired by a bicycle.
The Wassily lounge chair is available:

In UK from The Conran Shop >
In USA from Design Within Reach >

The Wassily lounge chair is also available as part of a miniature collection of the most important classics of modern furniture history. The construction, materials and colours correspond perfectly to the historical Vitra Design Museum Collection original and in some cases were assisted by the designers to develop the miniatures. The miniatures are valuable collectors items in their own right. Available for £180 from The Conran Shop.

furniture in nine and a half weeks Vitra Miniatures collection: The Wassily chair

Vitra Miniatures collection: The Wassily chair. Available from The Conran Shop.

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The monochrome 1980s bachelor pad in 9 1/2 Weeks featuring the Richard Meier furniture collection and the Wassily Lounge chair.

This Breuer and Meier furniture pairing in 9 1/2 Weeks speaks to a real world connection—Richard Meier worked for Marcel Breuer before founding his own practice in 1963. Among the most celebrated second-generation modernists, Meier approached the furniture company Knoll in the early 1980’s with a chair he had initially designed for the Guggenheim reading room. The resulting collection incorporated Meier’s own philosophy of design with the influence of twentieth-century masters like Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Not surprising, then, that we also see a Mackintosh Chair in the very same scene.

furniture in nine and a half weeks Kim Bassinger in Nine and a Half Weeks next to a Richard Meier chair, with Macintosh chair seen right

Kim Bassinger in Nine and a Half Weeks next to a Richard Meier chair, with Mackintosh chair seen right

Original 1980s Richard Meier furniture from this collection is extremely collectible and hence why this 1982 original dining set on 1st Dibs has a price tag of £53,000. Let us just gaze at its glory for a moment…

furniture in nine and a half weeks Richard Meier Dining Set. Available from 1st Dibs

Richard Meier Dining Set. Available from 1st Dibs

In 2012 Richard Merier’s studio collaborated with Wiebe Elzenga of Strada from the Netherlands to re-release and expand the original 80s collection.

furniture in nine and a half weeks The Richard Meier collection produced in collaboration with Strada

The Richard Meier collection produced in collaboration with Strada

The furniture evokes the craftsmanship of classic mortise and reflects Meier’s strong formal vocabulary of architectural expression. “In my product designs, as in my architecture, I adhere to a modernist vocabulary, focusing on proportion, scale, and the manipulation of basic, strong geometry. Working on the design of furniture and objects for daily life I am conscious of participating in a tradition of designing for what might be considered a complete lifestyle, as have architects such as Joseph Hoffmann and Frank Lloyd Wright, or institutions such as the Bauhaus. In my case, the theoretical point of departure is consistently classical modernism.” says Richard Meier. Find out more at www.stradaproject.com

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Richard Meier chaise

The Charles Renne Mackintosh Hillhouse chair featured in the same 9 1/2 Weeks apartment as the Richard Meier seen above, was launched in 1902. This ladderback chair with stained black ashwood frame is currently produced under license from the Estate of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (indicated by a stamped signature and serial number of each model). Please contact us at  hello@filmandfurniture and we’ll put you in touch with your nearest retailer who sells these chairs. We can also negotiate trade discount on your behalf. The Hillhouse chair also makes and appearance in American Psycho.

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The Charles Renne Macintosh Hillside chair

 

 

 

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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 March 24, 2017
Film Title: 9 1/2 weeks
Film Year: 1986
Director: Adrian Lyne
Genre: Drama Romance
Set Designer: Ken Davis Christian Kelly
Object Type: chair chaise
Object Sub-type: Wassily chair Richard Meier collection Hillside chair
Object Colour: black
Object Designer: Marcel Breuer Richard Meier Charles Renne Mackintosh
Object Shop: The Conran Shop Design Within Reach 1st Dibs
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2 Comments

  1. Rob

    Fantastic post. Have always loved the inclusion of Meier’s Knoll pieces in this apartment. The ladderback chair isn’t Mackintosh, but a definite takeoff on one. I think it may be Niedermaier? I also loved that in O’Rourke’s office is a Corbusier chaise longue. The guy had good taste in more than just his affairs.

  2. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson

    Glad you enjoyed the post Rob. We’ll double check that ladderback chair, thanks for your input. ‘John’ had fantastic taste!

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