Top Ten Famous Pieces Of Furniture

When we watch television shows or movies or read literature, we don't just enjoy the journeys of the people involved. We immerse ourselves in their whole landscape whether that's the plains of Westeros or in an audience for a game show. One thing we notice often are pieces of furniture that stand out due to their design or their presence in shows, movies or books. For instance, I've always wanted a La-Z-Boy chair ever since I saw them being used in the television show 'Friends'! Here's a quick rundown of some of the most important pieces of furniture I've seen in shows, movies and books. big brother chair
10

Big Brother' chair

It's not the actual designs that are iconic about this piece of furniture but it is more the idea behind it and what the chair represents. It's been a mainstay in every series of reality show 'Big Brother' and been through many tears, tantrums and totally outrageous scenes. In addition, it's been through a vast number of aesthetic changes including a gold leather design, a royal throne theme and a zany, stretched-out wooden piece that wouldn't look out of place in a fantasy movie.
9

The Simpsons' couch

We all know and love the iconic brown couch that sits inside 742 Evergreen Terrace. It's there at the start of every intro sequence which sees Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie sprinting to get the prime spot. Of course, there's always a twist; in the episode Itchy & Scratchy & Marge, the couch goes missing! Nevertheless, it's one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in sitcom history.
8

Martin Crane's chair in 'Frasier'

This well-worn reclining chair is the bane of Frasier Crane's life as it represents the antithesis of everything Frasier is known for - taste, class and expense. It holds extreme sentimental value for Martin but let's face it; those turgid green and maroon stripes are terrible!
7

The Round Table

With space enough for King Arthur and all his knights, the Round Table is one of the biggest and most iconic pieces of furniture around. As the name implies, the Round Table is a place where everyone sitting has equal status though it later came to represent the order associated with Arthur's court, the Knights of the Round Table.
6

Four red chairs from 'The Voice'

The musicians sitting in those four red swivelling chairs can make or break a candidate's fledging music career. "Sorry honey, I just wasn't feeling it," exclaims Jessie J as she breaks yet another entrant's heart. But when the chairs do spin round, it's ecstasy for the contestants and one of the reasons why those chairs simply have to be on the list.
5

Bentwood chairs in The Paradise

I'm a stickler for authenticity in television programs. If a piece of furniture is not from the right era (or if someone is wearing a digital watch in a program from the 1800s - believe me it's happened!) then I'm almost certainly going to change channel. However I was pleasantly surprised to see BBC's 1870s drama 'The Paradise' used authentic loopback chairs as these were some of the most popular pieces of furniture in that era. They are hugely iconic and, funnily enough, tend to sell very well even in 2013.
4

The wardrobe from 'The Lion,

Whenever I open my wardrobe door, I find a lot of old shirts and coats that could do with an upgrade. However when Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie - the siblings from 'The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe' - open their wardrobe, they are transported into the fantastical land of Narnia. Safe to say their wardrobe is better than mine.
3

Iron throne from 'Game of Thrones'

Forged with the swords of the throne's enemies, this imposing, majestic chair has the power to start wars across the world of Westeros. Those who sit on the throne wield a huge amount of power over the Seven Kingdoms (though I imagine all that iron will make it a touch cold to sit on during winter).
2

Peephole frame in 'Friends'

This rectangular, gold peephole frame been in almost every single episode of the hugely popular sitcom Friends. It's permanently fixed on Monica Geller's front door and, while it does have a few blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments in the series, it's use on the program's marketing materials make it an important piece of furniture.
1

Black chair from 'Mastermind'

As one of the most rigorous and intellectual quizzes of all time, Mastermind can be a heaven or hell for contestants. The iconic black chair has seen many contestants come and go and one of the show's lowest scores has been put down to "black chair syndrome" according to quizmaster John Humphrys. Depending on your knowledge of your chosen subject, this black chair can be your friend or your enemy. Have you got any favourites or know of any more iconic pieces of furniture? Let me know in the comments section below. About the author Written by Ash Curtis on behalf of Trent Pottery. [smartads]

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