yeah those look close but are definitely different...What is the name/style of the pair of chairs with armrests that are used by Morpheus and Neo in the scene of the red and blue pills? What type of chairs are they?scifi.stackexchange.com
I am pretty sure that they came out of the magazine of one of the rental stores and hence very likely antiques.
Are you referring to these chairs? I would say that they are the real deal, where did you spot any differences?
It looks like they are on display at a prop rental facility. I am pretty sure that they are very likely not custom made furniture. Regardless of the movie´s budget, a set decorator in his right mind would, at least in my limited on-the-job experience, rent furniture or props for a fraction of the cost than having something custom made. I guess that pair of chairs may cost approximately 150 to 200 USD per week to rent. Having one of those custom made may set you back at least 2000 USD. A wild guess. I don´t have my art of the matrix book available at the moment, but it is possible that the rental facilities are mentioned there. IMDB has a few listed, but since they also filmed in Australia it may have been a rental house from Burbank or Sydney.
Regardless of all of the above, I am pretty sure that you´d find a carpenter and an upholstery shop who´d make them for you.
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I agree that the chairs on display don't feel like the real thing. Easy to reproduce the leather chair but you need to match the wood armchair and the feet. And they don't match at allwell in particular, right off the bat the heads of the lions are drastically different... as well as the mane detailing is slightly different...
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also this detail is much deeper and sharper than the scene used one which has much more rounded edges...
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but i definitely agree it does seem ridiculous to think theyd allocate a budget for custom armchairs...