The ultra-stylish and minimalist flatware the astronauts Dave Bowman and Frank Poole use aboard the Discovery One spacecraft were designed in 1957 by Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen. Kubrick chose this set because of its “futuristic” look and it really meshes well with the rest of the post-modern props and furniture that gives 2001: A Space Odyssey its unique charm.
Jacobsen is most famous for designing the No. 7 chair that you often see in public spaces. Apparently it is considered to be “the most copied chair in the world.”
Another noteworthy feature of the flatware is that that the set includes both “right and left-handed spoons.” Actor Gary Lockwood, who played Frank Poole in the film, is left handed.
According to the Museum of Modern Art’s website, the set “includes a dinner fork and knife, soup spoon, salad fork, and teaspoon… [and is] made of matte-finish 18/8 stainless steel.” You can purchase the set at their online store for $95—a little pricey, but how else are you going to eat so stylishly in space? Suck your food through a straw?