Harkonnen Chair

The Harkonnen Chairs are a series of H. R. Giger's furniture designs. They were manufactured by hand chiefly out of aluminium or black fiberglass and made to resemble a human skeleton.[1] The chairs were initially designed for an unproduced movie version of the 1965 Frank Herbert science fiction novel Dune that was to be directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s.[2] Baron Harkonnen is the villain of Herbert's novel.

A Harkonnen "Capo" Chair on display at the Barbican Centre's Into the Unknown exhibit.

The series consisted of a regular chair and a more elaborate "Capo" chair intended to be used as Baron Harkonnen's main chair. The most prominent feature of the Capo Chair is a crown of three noseless skulls stacked on top of each other in a column above the back of the chair. This feature is what distinguishes the Capo Chair from regular Harkonnen Chairs, which lack the triple skull crown as well as armrests. Giger sold replicas for $30,000 (fiberglass) to $50,000 (aluminium).[3]

Versions of the regular Harkonnen Chairs are in use at the two Swiss Giger Bar locations.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Alien style for those with everything - and money too". The Dominion Post. August 25, 2007. p. F2. ISSN 1175-9488.
  2. ^ Giger, H. R. (1996). H.R.Giger's Film Design. Titan Books. ISBN 9781852867195.
  3. ^ "H.R. Giger's Harkonnen Chairs". HRGiger.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Giger Bar: Gruyères, Switzerland".
  5. ^ "Giger Bar: Chur, Switzerland".
  6. ^ Brock, Jason V. (2014). "Chapter 26". Disorders of Magnitude: A Survey of Dark Fantasy. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 187. ISBN 9781442235250. LCCN 2014005910 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Spiller, Neil (March 2018). "Alien Ossuary: The HR Giger Museum Bar". Architectural Design. 88 (2): 36–41. doi:10.1002/ad.2277.

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