38th edition of Modern & Vintage – Paris Design Fair
A white space, dazzling and aseptic. A man enters the scene, walks and is saluted by a group of people chatting amiably, seated on red chairs which looks somewhat as alien creatures.
It’s one of the most visually powerful sequences of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey”, in which Dr. Heywood Floyd briefly stops at orbital Space Station V before beginning his trip towards the Clavius Base lunar settlement.
The chairs the great British director chose for the lounge area of the fictional space station’s hotel, and that have become thereafter a modern icon, were the “Djinn chairs” French designer Olivier Mourgue created in 1965.
Now, an exhibition at the 38th edition of Modern & Vintage – Paris Design Fair, taking place from 5 through 8 April 2018 in Paris-Port de Versailles, celebrates the work of Mourgue.