Verner Panton : Panton Chair, 1959-1960
Verner Panton
Panton Chair, 1959-1960
V.M., September 7, 2015
Portrait Express

Danish designer Verner Panton spent many years thinking about how to produce a plastic chair moulded in one piece. Together with Vitra, he came up with the first prototypes in the 1960s and Panton Chair went into series production as of 1967. Unlike the cheaper Panton Chair Standard in solid plastic, Panton Chair Classic is made of rigid expanded plastic and has a lacquered surface.


Verner Panton/Panton chair, Vitra Design Museum_Verner Panton
Verner Panton/Panton chair, Vitra Design Museum_Verner Panton


Bio_Express

Verner Panton, born 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark, studied at Odense Technical College before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as an architecture student.

He worked from 1950-52 in the architectural firm of Arne Jacobsen, and founded an independent studio for architecture and design in 1955. His furniture designs for the firm Plus-linje attracted attention with their geometric forms. In the following years Panton created numerous designs for seating furniture and lighting.


Verner Panton/Louis Schnakenburg, Kopenhagen_Verner Panton
Verner Panton/Louis Schnakenburg, Kopenhagen_Verner Panton


Verner Panton/Panton chair_Louis Schnakenburg, Kopenhagen_Verner Panton
Verner Panton/Panton chair_Louis Schnakenburg, Kopenhagen_Verner Panton


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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