In Praise of Chairs

One of the great things about detailed production design is that it pays off in unexpected ways, especially with the addition of chairs.

Throughout the history of film and TV, a chair has been added to the production to become an iconic symbol of that particular film or TV show.

Production Designers have sourced a variety of chairs, and at times built their own, to enhance the production itself.

The chair has come to define the character that sits on it, or gazes at it. The chair has frequently been used as an extension of their character traits, whether it be as a status of power, or for comedic purposes. The context of its use, then in turn determines the framing and lighting of that chair — as if it is a character in the production.

This video explores the many examples where a chair has become a focal point in a production.