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Verner Panton
Panton Chair, 1959-1960
V.M., September 7, 2015
Verner Panton/Verner Panton with collegues_Vitra Design Museum Archives
Verner Panton/Verner Panton with collegues_Vitra Design Museum Archives
 
His passion for bright colours and geometric patterns manifested itself in an extensive range of textile designs. By fusing the elements of a room—floor, walls, ceiling, furnishings, lighting, textiles, wall panels made of enamel or plastic—into a unified gesamtkunstwerk, Panton's interior installations have attained legendary status. The most famous examples are the "Visiona" ship installations for the Cologne Furniture Fair (1968 and 1970), the Spiegel publishing headquarters in Hamburg (1969) and the Varna restaurant in Aarhus (1970). Panton's collaboration with Vitra began in the early 1960s, when the firm decided to develop what became his best-known design, the Panton Chair, which was introduced in 1967. This was also the first independently developed product by Vitra.

Verner Panton/Panton chairs_JS Bach - Zaha Hadid Architects Chamber Music Hall at Manchester Art Gallery_Zaha Hadid Architects + Luke Hayes
Verner Panton/Panton chairs_JS Bach - Zaha Hadid Architects Chamber Music Hall at Manchester Art Gallery_Zaha Hadid Architects + Luke Hayes
 
Verner Panton died in 1998 in Copenhagen. Vitra's re-edition of designs by Panton, as well as the retrospective of his work mounted by the Vitra Design Museum in 2000, bear witness to the special relationship between Vitra and Verner Panton.

Verner Panton/Panton chairs_St. Bartholomew's Church by QUBUS in the village of Chodovice, Eastern Bohemi
Verner Panton/Panton chairs_St. Bartholomew's Church by QUBUS in the village of Chodovice, Eastern Bohemi
 
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