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Re-Used Props - Furniture
by
Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

Tables - Chairs - Lamps - Other Furniture

 

Many props and pieces of decoration in Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent items for a different purpose or of another civilization. Here are quite a few examples of furniture. Please note that every statement made here should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no need to seek for explanations. Certainly we are not supposed to watch closely enough to notice that Riker is sitting in the same chair as a Klingon commander some 100 years earlier.

 

Tables

Tapered table The table on the Eymorg planet in TOS: "Spock's Brain" reappears as a couch in TOS: "The Empath". Curiously the latter is shaped like a huge version of the agonizers from TOS: "Mirror, Mirror".


Table in TOS: "Spock's Brain"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Couch in TOS: "The Empath"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

L-shaped desk In Picard's quarters aboard the Stargazer we can see a desk that originally appeared as Kirk's desk in his quarters in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Only a small portion of the desk (featuring the small monitor) was seen in the films, however. Much more of the desk can be seen in the TNG episode. When Kirk's quarters set was modified before "Datalore" to become Data's quarters, the desk was taken out of the wall niche and put in the center of one wall of Data's quarters, where it would remain until the end of the series. The desk later appeared in "Distant Origin" as a Voth medical console/table.


Kirk's desk in "Star Trek I"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Picard's desk in TNG: "The Battle"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Data's desk in TNG: "Data's Day"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Voth desk in VOY: "Distant Origin"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Zorn's desk Groppler Zorn's desk can be seen in two more TNG episodes. In "Haven" (where only the top portion is visible) it belongs to Valeda Innis, in "Gambit II" to Arctus Baran. 


Zorn's desk in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Valeda Innis' desk in TNG: "Haven"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Baran's desk in TNG: "Gambit II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Courtroom desk Sunad's desk aboard the bridge of his ship in TNG: "Transfigurations" was originally created for the courtroom in "The Measure of a Man".


Courtroom desk in TNG: "The Measure of a Man"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Sunad's desk in TNG: "Transfigurations"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Chairs

Stone stool The carved stone stools are seen in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint" and again only two episodes later in TNG: "Code of Honor" in Lutan's throne room. They also appear on Aldea in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks", albeit in brown instead of white.


Stone stool in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Stone stool in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Stone stool in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tapered stool Tapered stools with an inverted "U" base appear on Deneb IV in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", on Ligon II in "Code of Honor", here along with the above stone stools. They are later seen on the Edo homeworld in "Justice" and on Aldea in "When the Bough Breaks".


Tapered stool in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Tapered stool in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tapered stool in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tapered stool in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Massive bench The same type of bench (only in different colors) can be seen on the Edo planet, on Angel I and on Aldea.


Bench in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Bench in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Bench in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Bench with tapered base Benches like on the J'naii homeworld in TNG: "The Outcast" were also seen in the genome colony on Moab IV in "The Masterpiece Society".


Bench in TNG: "The Masterpiece Society"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Bench in TNG: "The Outcast"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Opsvik chair The extremely odd chair in Worf's quarters by the entrance is actually from the Tarellian plague ship in TNG: "Haven" where it really serves as a chair too. In the real world, the chair was designed by Peter Opsvik in the 1980s with the goal "to demolish the stereotypical ideal of the proper sitting posture". The same chair also appeared in the "Friends" episode "The One That Could Have Been" (set in an alternate timeline).


Tarellian chair in TNG: "Haven"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Worf's chair in TNG: "Family"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Conference room chair The type of chairs from the Enterprise-E observation lounge reappears on Vulcan in the 22nd century. Only the color is different.


Enterprise-E chair in "Star Trek: First Contact"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Vulcan chair in ENT: "Kir'Shara"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Chair with high backrest The chairs with the high back rest were first seen in "Star Trek I" on the bridge of the Klingon battlecruiser. They also appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" in the Old City Station transporter room where Uhura worked with "Mr. Adventure". We can see the same chairs in crew quarters in the first season of TNG.


Klingon chair in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Chair in transporter station in "Star Trek III"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Crusher's chair in TNG: "The Naked Now"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Chair in Riker's quarters in TNG: "Haven"

(screen capture by Jörg)

White chair The chair in Karnas' office on Mordan IV in TNG: "Too Short a Season" reappears in Accolan and Leda's house on Aldea in "When the Bough Breaks".


Karnas' chair in TNG: "Too Short a Season"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Aldean chair in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Chair with round backrest A chair with a characteristic rounded backrest could first be seen in the Ferengi shuttle in TNG: "The Price". It then appeared as K'mpec's chair in TNG: "Sins of the Father", in the (illusionary) Romulan holoprogram from TNG: "Future Imperfect" and as the command chair of the Ktarian ship in TNG: "The Game". It could be seen on a Romulan ship again in TNG: "Face of the Enemy". The Romulans and the Ktarians are using the same viewscreen as well.


Ferengi chair in TNG: "The Price"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Klingon chair in TNG: "Sins of the Father"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Romulan chair in TNG: "Future Imperfect"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Ktarian chair in TNG: "The Game"
(screen capture by Jörg)


Romulan chair in TNG: "Face of the Enemy"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Lamps

Rougier lamp 1 This must be the best-selling lamp series of our galaxy! All of the four types of lamps are composed of several single tubes. In the real world they were all designed by the Canadian company Rougier around 1970. More about these lamps at Object <> Plastic

Type 1 can be seen on Angel One in the TNG episode of the same name, as a Cardassian lamp in DS9: "The Wire", as well as on Risa in DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin".


Lamp 1 on Angel One in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Cardassian lamp 1 in DS9: "The Wire"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Risan lamp 1 in DS9: "Le He Who Is Without Sin"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Rougier lamp 2 The second type of lamps appears on Ligon in TNG: "Code of Honor", on Angel One and also on the Founders' planet in DS9: "The Search, part 2". But it is so popular that it found its way even into other universes like the one of Babylon 5.


Ligonian lamp 2 in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Lamp 2 on Angel One in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Founders' lamp 2 in DS9: "The Search, Part II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lamp 2 on Babylon 5

(screen capture by Jörg)

Rougier lamp 3 The third type can be seen as soon as in "Star Trek III" in the bar scene. This is the earliest known appearance of any of the lamp types, and it indicates that it must have been in the Art Department's storage for a long time. Further appearances are on Ligon and on Angel One.


Lamp 3 in bar on Earth in "Star Trek III"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Ligonian lamp 3 in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lamp 3 on Angel One in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Rougier lamp 4 No surprise: The fourth lamp is visible on Angel One too, as well as on Ligon and on the Founders' homeworld. On an unrelated note, the lamp is also visible in "Scarface".


Lamp 4 on Ligon in TNG: "Code of Honor"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Lamp 4 on Angel One in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Founders' lamp 4 in DS9: "The Search, Part II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lamp 4 in "Scarface"

(screen capture by Ciarán D)

Desktop lamp The same lamp can be seen on Earth in "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country", 80 years later TNG: "The First Duty", in the Delta Quadrant in VOY: "Gravity" (retracted on the latter occasion), as well as 130 years earlier on the Enterprise in ENT: "Babel".


Lamp in "Star Trek VI"

(screen capture by Jan Kockrow)
 

Lamp in TNG: "The First Duty"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

Lamp in VOY: "Gravity"

(screen capture by Jan Kockrow)

Lamp in ENT: "Babel"

(screen capture by Jan Kockrow)

Lamp post Here is a street lamp design that appears to be popular among human colonies such as Tau Cygna V and Moab IV, but also on Romulus, Rutia IV and Barkon IV and in a remote corner of the Galaxy on the "Polaric Energy Planet".


Lamp post in "Star Trek V" and two episodes

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lamp post in four more episodes

(screen capture by Jörg)

Candleholder A Ventaxian candleholder from TNG: "Devil's Due" appears in several later episodes. It is seen in DS9: "Sons and Daughters" as a Klingon candleholder and in ENT: "Stigma" as a Vulcan candleholder. It is turned upside down and acts as a stand for a Bajoran orb in DS9: "The Circle". A similar candleholder even appeared in the TOS episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".


Candleholder in TNG: "Devil's Due"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Candleholder in DS9: "Sons and Daughters"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Candleholder in ENT: "Stigma"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Orb holder in DS9: "The Circle"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Candleholder in TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Other Furniture

Metal shelf The same diamond-shaped shelf made from metal rods can be seen in Kirk's apartment in "Star Trek II", at Farpoint Station in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", in the crew quarters in TNG: "The Naked Now" and in the Café des Artistes in TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris".


Shelf in "Star Trek II"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Shelf in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Shelf in TNG: "The Naked Now"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Shelf in TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Credits

Thanks go to Alexander Baier, Ciarán D, Jan Kockrow, Lin Jingqiu, Marçal, Shawn Havery and Michael Minnick for spotting some of the props.

 


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