Sunday, September 13, 2009

Our New Vintage Madison Furniture Piece and Captain Kirk

so this is the piece i was referring to thursday. we have it in our home now and are loving it...and this is what we found out about it:

Origins of Captain Kirk's chair traced back to Madison County

The Madison County Journal

A chair built at Madison Furniture Industries in Canton in the 1960s has sold at auction for $305,000. It was bought by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, for display at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.

What makes the Canton-made chair special is the fact that it was used as Captain Kirk's command chair in the original "Star Trek" television series that ran from 1966 to 1969.

According to the New York Times of last Thursday, March 19, there is a a new surge of interest by Star Trek fans (called Trekkies) in building replicas of Captain James T. Kirk's command module chair. Lou Shornick was the main man at Madison Wood, building it to be Canton's largest employer during the 1960's, and he was quoted in the Times story. Now nearing the age of 91, Shornick lives at St. Catherine's Village at Madison.
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(During the original TV series producers crafted a fake computer consol around the chair that was designed and produced by Madison Furniture Industries in Canton back in the 1960’s)


Joshua said...

That's amazing. But I wonder is it just for viewing or can I sit on it. I don't want to get chewed out.

B-Man said...

Beautiful - I have a similar one minus the arms, plus a matching coffee and side table. Love the upholstery!