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Furniture maker stars in Bobby Fischer film

May 2, 2014
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Furniture maker stars in Bobby Fischer film
American chess champion Bobby Fischer, left, competes in a match. Photo via wikimedia.org

An officer furniture maker will see one of its most-iconic products prominently displayed in an upcoming movie about chess champion Bobby Fischer and starring Tobey Maguire.

Pawn Sacrifice” is set to come out this fall and tells the story of Fischer as he prepares for the famed 1972 World Chess Championship against Russian Boris Spassky, which Fischer won while sitting in an Eames executive chair by Herman Miller in Zeeland.

In total, four Eames chairs are used in the film. 

The furniture maker receives weekly calls for its products to be used for TV, film and advertising, said Mark Schurman, a Herman Miller spokesperson.

Any advantage

Schurman added that Fischer requested the Eames chair for the match, and after Fischer won the first game, Spassky demanded his own Eames chair before he would continue.

“Herman Miller air freighted a chair,” Schurman said. “This was a very big deal. This is the middle of the Cold War.”

Following his victory, Fischer appeared on “The David Frost Show,” where he also sat in an Eames chair for the interview.

“I don’t know if that was David Frost doing something to make Fischer, who was famously reclusive and eccentric, more comfortable being on the set, or if that was already the set chair,” Schurman said.

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