Kubrick had a hand in almost every aspect of the production, including design. He chose most of the fabrics for his actor’s costumes and selected most of the furniture. His picks became trendsetting and many of those designers and pieces (like the Herman Miller Action Office desk and the Olivier Mourgue Djinn chairs) saw a rise in popularity after the film was released.
Danish designer Arne Jacobsen created the cutlery used by the Discovery astronauts. It’s still sold to the public to this day.
Special photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull once indicated that the total footage shot for 2001 was about 200 times the length of the final cut.
Kubrick often burned his negatives after completing a film, but 17 minutes of lost footage was recently discovered in a Kansas salt mine in perfect condition. The material comes from the post-premiere cut of the movie, and no plans have been announced to release it yet.
The inclusion of HAL’s song “Daisy Bell” was inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s visit to Bell Labs in 1961, where he witnessed the IBM 704 “sing” the song. John Kelly and Carol Lochbaum programmed the vocals for the demonstration, and Max Mathews programmed the accompaniment. “Daisy Bell” is the earliest known song performed using computer speech synthesis.