Chair known as “Panton chair” designed by Verner Panton for Herman Miller,1959

Furniture designed by Verner Panton – Chair known as “Panton chair” designed in 1959 for Herman Miller.

White synthetic plastic chair marked on the back.

Dimensions: 83.8 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm – 33 x 22 x 18 in.

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Verner PANTON (1926 – 1998)

Verner Panton, was born February 13, 1926 in Gentofte and died September 5, 1998 in Copenhagen. He is a Danish designer, considered one of the most influential of the twentieth century. During his career, he created objects with innovative and avant-garde design. He had a predilection for anything that allowed seating, and commonly used plastic with bright colors and generous shapes. His creations deeply marked the 1960s.

Verner Panton was first trained as an architectural engineer in Odense. Then he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. During the first two years of his career, 1950-1952, he collaborated with Arne Jacobsen, another famous Danish architect and designer, notably on the famous Ant chair. Verner Panton, known to be a “enfant terrible”, ended his collaboration with Arne Jacobsen and in 1955 founded his own design studio.

At the end of the 1950s, his chairs became less and less conventional, the feet disappeared and the backrests faded. For example, one of these early K1 chairs is a cone; he will decline this idea many times.

In 1959 or in 1960 Panton began to develop what would become the Panton Chair. The first models were made of polyester reinforced with fiberglass. The shape of this chair allows it to be stackable and easily moved.


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