Trekkies Building Star Trek Captain's Chairs
The New York Times has a story about Star Trek fans who are building their own replicas of Captain Kirk's chair from Star Trek. Some Trekkies are even making the chairs the centerpiece of their homes.
If you don't have time to build your own Star Trek Captain's Chair, you can buy this one (pictured above) from Sky Mall. The officially licensed replica retails for $2,717 and promises "a working swivel design, light-up controls and sound effects from the legendary Star Trek series."But lately fans like Mr. Veazie have been building or buying more sophisticated versions of the command module from which James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, ordered "Ahead, warp factor six." Moreover, they are making them the centerpiece of their homes, thus conquering what is for them a final frontier of domestic decor.
At a moment when yet another movie is about to present yet another revamped Enterprise (this one claiming to be the original vessel of the young Kirk, Spock and McCoy), these traditionalists are holding their ground.
Drawing on a wide variety of new sources, including construction-oriented Web sites, Web-based entrepreneurs who supply kits of parts, and a Maryland company that just started selling ready-made chairs for $2,700 a piece, they are making a definitive statement to the world, or at least to their friends and families.
"The closet command-chair Trekkies have come out of the closet," said Keith Marshall, 45, an unemployed phlebotomist, emergency medical technician, corrections officer and firefighter whose uncompleted chair, currently sitting in his brother's garage, is slated for his own living room in Bonney Lake, Wash. "For a lot of people in the last few years," Mr. Marshall added, "the pieces have come together."
Posted on March 22, 2009