Furniture spotting in Promising Young Woman
In black comedy thriller Promising Young Woman we follow Cassie’s (Carey Mulligan) journey to avenge the death of her best friend. During the film she visits the house of disgraced attorney Jordan Green (Alfred Molina) which sent us into major furniture-spotting mode!
First up in this trilogy of Jordan Green’s notable furniture in Promising Young Woman is the Red and Blue chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld.
A sculptural seat with a pure and rationalist form, the Rietveld chair design became an authentic Manifesto for Neoplasticism, embraced by the Dutch De Stijl movement in 1917.
In the Red Blue Chair, Rietveld manipulated rectilinear volumes and examined the interaction of vertical and horizontal planes in much the same way as he did in his architecture.
Although the chair was originally designed in 1918, its colour scheme of primary colours (red, yellow, blue) plus black—so closely associated with the Dutch de Stijl art and architecture movement—was applied around 1923. Hoping that much of his furniture would eventually be mass-produced rather than handcrafted, Rietveld aimed for simplicity in construction.
Contact us for information and current prices for newly produced and vintage versions of the Rietveld chair.
Second up is the Barcelona Chair. We find two neat rows either side of a coffee table in Green’s front room.
Designed by Mies Van der Rohe and manufactured by Knoll this chair is surely one of the most recognised objects of the last century. Its simple elegance and graceful profile has made it a widely celebrated modern lounge chair that epitomises der Rohe’s most famous axiom, ‘Less is more.’
From the hand-buffed steel frame to the individual leather squares carefully welted together, the Barcelona Chair is a chair that pays tribute to the marriage of modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.
This icon of modern movement is a star performer in many films including in Tron: Legacy‘s digital world ‘Safehouse’, in Bruce Wayne’s modernist abode in Batman v Superman as well as Amercian Psycho and the Bond, Casino Royale. With very good reason, it should also star in your home.
Last up is the Wassily Lounge Chair designed by Marcel Breuer, two of which sit side by side in Green’s front room.
While an apprentice at the Bauhaus, Breuer conceived this first tubular chair based on the frame of a bicycle. This design classic is available in various coloured leathers and upholstery via our store.
Wassily chairs have also made an appearance in films and TV series’ such as Nine and a Half Weeks, X:Men First Class, Hollywood and White Lines.
Jordan Green may have let Cassie’s late friend Al Monroe down very badly, but he certainly has an eye for classic furniture design.