Verner Panton’a chairs are a classic in the history of furniture. They were designed in 1960 by Verner Panton and their mass production began seven years later being the first seat made in one piece plastic. Verner Panton’s chairs since their launch went through several phases of production and from 1999 they began to be made following the original idea of manufacturing in resistant mouldable plastic with matte finish.
The comfort of Verner Panton’s chairs is due to the combination of an anthropomorphic structure and a slightly flexible material. Their versatility makes them ideal for both indoor and outdoor use and individually or grouped. Panton chairs have received numerous international design awards and their representations are part of many major museums.
Verner Panton was one of the most influential people in the evolution of design from the sixties and seventies. He liked to experiment with shapes and colours and he felt drawn to the many possibilities of plastic which was one of the newest materials at that time. Verner Panton’s chairs born from the idea of creating a chair in one piece which was comfortable and useful in any situation.
had a very successful mass production in 1967 and they received numerous awards. Nowadays considered a classic of modern design, they are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Verner Panton’s chairs, a classic in the history of furniture
Their creator Verner Panton was the first architect to work both form and design with plastic as main material. With Verner Panton’s chairs, a revolutionary practice was achieved in the 60s, being the first chairs made in one single piece using injection moulding technique.
Verner Panton was greatly influenced by the impact of colour throughout his life, he created many innovative designs that combine unconventional shapes with different materials. If anything represents Verner Panton that would be his design without limits, therefore he always designed using unconventional techniques. For him colours have a meaning and a function, they shouldn’t be a gamble, but a conscious decision.
The Danish designer attended the School of Odense and then he studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He worked in Arne Jacobsen’s architectural firm for opening, years later, his own architectural and design firm becoming famous for its furniture based on geometric shapes. His designs of chairs without legs or without discernible back were every time less conventional.
Everybody knows Verner Panton’s predilection for intense colours and geometric shapes, feature that was evident in his work as textile designer. His compositions are characterized by merging floors, walls and ceilings with furniture, lamps, fabrics and panels in order to form an indivisible spatial unit. Some examples are: Visiona buildings at the Cologne Furniture Fair (1968 and 1970), the offices of the Spiegel publishing (1969) and the restaurant Varna in Aarhus (1970). But his most famous design was the Panton chair.