In anticipation of Aaron Sorkin’s latest series, Newsroom, starting June 24 on HBO, We’ve recently attempted to watch The West Wing starting from the beginning.This is partially my reason for not posting as often… Too much watching, not enough typing.
To my great delight I spotted a set of Bob Josten’s cast back chairs in Season 2 Episode 13 (Bartlet’s Third State Of The Union). After a bit more research I found more of his pieces in a few other movies like Wayne’s World and Total Recall. Josten’s work is a bit more obscure and pop up randomly on sites like Apartment Therapy and 1stDibs.com. His work has a modern industrial feel and definitely leans to the 1980′s sci-fi idea of what the future would look like.
These Cast Back Chairs are no longer in production, I believe that some pieces were produced for the International Commercial Furniture Inc and the rest were done by Robert Josten and associates, which from what I can find was Josten and two other craftsman producing the pieces themselves in Southern California. These would have been made sometime between the 1980′s- part of the 1990′s. These cast back chairs are wonderfully juxtaposed with the sand cast aluminum and carved maple seats. Rumor has it, that an independent company has access to the original designs and possibly the patent and are in discussion for reissuing part of the line. My main hope there is that since Mr Josten is still alive I hope he’s going to get a HUGE cut from that profit. I am always torn when designs are reissued so we’ll see what happens.
So far we’re at season 3 and if there’s anyone out there who would like to participate in a nerdy round of West Wing Trivia we’re looking for players!