Stanley Kubrick's film 2001 A Space Odyssey was one of those movies which transcended its medium and entered the collective consciousness of a generation and those which followed. A watershed in Science Fiction on film, it created a new futuristic context for everyday objects like furniture [ source: Wikipedia ], books and toys. These are a just a few including our own favourite toy line, Project SWORD.
George Nelson Action Office desk from Herman Miller's 1964 "Action Office" series - when Floyd exits the Space Station V elevator he is greeted by an attendant seated behind a slightly modified version [ picture: sfclockworkorange.wordpress.com ]
Arne Jacobsen cutlery from Denmark used by the Discovery astronauts in the movie [ picture: webbs.co.nz ]
Djinn Chairs designed by Olivier Mourgue in 1965 and placed in neat groups in the Space Station [ picture: filmandfurmiture.co.uk ]
Eero Saarinen's 1956 pedestal table used in the film as in the still above with Leornard Rossiter et al [ picture: filmandfurniture.co.uk ]
Project SWORD Annual covers [ above ] and 2001 film poster [ below, picture: dailytech.com ]. Many actual stills from the film appeared in the SWORD Annual too.
Bob McCall paintings used on Project SWORD Nuclear Ferry box art below and 2001 film poster
[ bottom, pic: prettypuddles ].
Japanese 2001 large carded plastic toys from the 1960's made in a blue plastic similar to the SWORD Zero-X, complete with Rob McCall card art and names similar to SWORD: from left to right Nuclear or Atomic Ferry, Orion Clipper and Nuclear or Atomic Shuttle I think.
Last but not least are these press clippings detailing the link between the release of 2001 A Space Odyssey and Project SWORD toys.
Are there any more connections between SWORD and 2001 readers?