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"Djinn" Chair, Designed by Olivier Mourgue, France, circa 1970

$4,283.11Asking Price


The Djinn chair is an important design of the Modernist style, created by French designer Olivier Mourgue. Originally called the "Low fireside chair", it is also commonly referred to as the "2001" chair because of its prominent appearance in the Stanley Kubrick’s classic film: “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Many examples have not stood the test of time. Olivier Mourgue famously said “things should have a short life“ back in 1965 when he was just 26 years old. However, this wonderful example is covered in supple red leather and is almost as perfect as the day it left the factory. Please note that our interior pieces are located at our Interior Design Showroom in Buckinghamshire.


  • Creator
    Olivier Mourgue (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.38 in. (67 cm)Width: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Depth: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - some slight fraying to some of the stitching at the back but not significant. Upholstery is sound and structurally intact.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B64741stDibs: LU1348220128982

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    Ships From: Woodham, United Kingdom
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Djinn Chair

Designed by Olivier Mourgue
The Djinn chair appeared so futuristic when it debuted in 1964 that red versions were used as space station seating in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Created by French designer Olivier Mourgue (b. 1939), the low-slung lounge chair — named for the shapeshifting djinn, or spirits, that appear in the Koran — has an undulating seat that appears as if it were folded from a single piece of material. The illusion is an effect of its assembly, which sees curved tubular steel covered with urethane foam and jersey fabric. Despite its imposing presence, the chair is lightweight. “The good object is very movable and displaceable; inventions and creations are light,” Mourgue wrote in an essay for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 1983 exhibition “Design Since 1945.” “It was in this spirit that I constructed my ‘Djinn’ seats.” Not long after the Djinn chair made its debut, most designers would use plastic instead of metal frames to build similarly flowing forms; Mourgue in the 1960s was pushing the structural limits of available materials. Released by the French manufacturer Airborne International, the chair was part of a Djinn series that included an equally sculptural chaise longue and footstool. The chairs came in bold variations such as red, yellow, blue and green, with the idea that the jersey could be zipped off and changed seasonally or to meet shifting tastes. Because the material and foam tend to deteriorate over time, vintage versions are likely to require restoration. Mourgue said in 1965 that “things should have a short life,” yet in more than 50 years since its debut, his Djinn chair remains a popular vision of a space-age future.
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