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Panton Chair

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Appearing as if it were a three-dimensional brushstroke of paint, the S-shaped Panton chair is just one curved piece of plastic that cantilevers over itself to form a seat. Prior to its development by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton (1926–98), no chair had ever been crafted from a single piece of molded plastic. 

“I want to design furniture that grows up out of the floor,” Panton said of his work. “To turn the furniture into something organic, which never has four legs.” The designer, who studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen before working for Arne Jacobsen’s architecture firm, started experimenting with the concept of single-piece plastic chairs in the late 1950s, drafting sketches of what eventually became his signature eponymous work before creating a full-scale polystyrene model. But he ran into production trouble — no manufacturer would tackle the chair’s challenging engineering problems. Plastic was still a relatively new invention at the time, having been introduced to mass markets in the postwar era when most furniture makers still preferred to work in wood.

Enter Swiss furniture company Vitra, which agreed to take on the project in 1963. It took four years — and ten prototypes — but Vitra and Panton were ultimately successful, creating a Panton chair made from fiberglass-reinforced polyester. It debuted in Danish design magazine Mobilia in 1967 and then at the 1968 Cologne Furniture Fair. The chair embodied a seductive combination of the era’s popular Space Age and Pop Art aesthetics through its undulating form, futuristic material and punchy colors, resulting in mass demand for the relatively affordable piece of furniture. While it was discontinued in 1979 due to durability issues, the chair was reintroduced years later and Vitra has continued to manufacture it, experimenting with materials ranging from polyurethane foam to polypropylene in conjunction with Panton throughout the course of his lifetime. For the chair’s 50th anniversary, Vitra produced limited-edition chrome and glow-in-the-dark models.

The chair has become a celebrity in itself: It was featured on the cover of British Vogue in 1995 — with a nude Kate Moss atop it — and in 2006, it was inducted into the Danish Culture Canon. Numerous design museums hold the chair in their collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum in London and more. As far as chairs go, particularly those designed during the 1960s and 1970s, there are few better known and more beloved than the Panton.

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Verner Panton Classic Chairs in Red 2 Available
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in Hudson, NY
This is a really great set Verner PANTON CLASSIC chairs made by Vitra. From Vitra: The history of the Panton Chair dates back to the latter half of the 1950s, when Danish design...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Verner Panton Side / Dining Chairs for Herman Miller, Modernist, 1970's
By Verner Panton
Located in London, GB
1970's white Panton chairs designed by Verner Panton for Herman Miller. These iconic chairs are made of moulded white plastic in cantilever form, giving them a decorative elegance t...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Fiberglass Panton Chairs by Verner Panton for Vitra
By Verner Panton
Located in Roma, IT
Panton Chair, designed by Verner Panton around 1960 and mass-produced by Vitra in 1967, was the first chair to be made from a single block of plastic. Its formidable cantilever silh...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Supreme x Vitra Panton Mid-Century Modern "S Chair" in Glossy Red with Logo
By Verner Panton, Supreme, Vitra
Located in Englewood, NJ
A collaboration between supreme x Vitra Panton for Supreme's Spring Season 21' of the iconic "S Chair" designed by famed Danish designer Verner Panton which dates back to 1959 when i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Acrylic

Pair of Original Verner Panton Fiberglass Chairs, 1980s
By Verner Panton
Located in Benalmadena, ES
Fantastic pair of original chairs by the architect and designer, a symbol of 20th century design, Verner Panton. With this chair, he achieved the first one-piece cantilever chair. On...
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Vintage 1980s Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Side Chair by Verner Panton for Herman Miller - Felhbaum, 1971
By Herman Miller, Verner Panton
Located in Barcelona, ES
Side chair designed by Verner Panton in 1967 for Herman Miller - Fehlbaum production, Germany. This one is stamped in 1971 in black glossy thermoplastic.
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

White Panton Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra with Side Stool
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in Pasadena, TX
White Panton chair by Verner Panton for Vitra with Side Stool Captivated by the potential of plastic, Danish designer Verner Panton created the first single-form injection-molded ...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Mid-Century Modern Verner Panton Cream Dining Set or Card Table by Herman Miller
By Verner Panton, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very early complete dining set designed by Verner Panton and Produced by Herman Miller and Vitra. A nice early example in off-white dyed polystyrene. Complete set sold as shown, fo...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

Materials

Glass, Polystyrene

Verner Panton "Panton Chair" Original Edition Herman Miller circa 1960
By Herman Miller, Verner Panton
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Verner Panton "Panton chair" original edition Herman Miller in enamelled fiberglass circa 1960 wear and minor losses.
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Vintage Kurve Verner Panton Textile. 4 ft 1 in x 8 ft 6 in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kurve Verner Panton Textile, Country of Origin: Denmark, Circa date: Mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 1 in x 8 ft 6 in (1.24 m x 2.59 m)  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Linen

Verner Panton for Vitra Glow Panton Chair, Luminescent, White, Blue, Limited Ed
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Verner Panton for Vitra Glow Panton chair, Luminescent, white, limited edition, on occasion of 50th anniversary. 1000 luminescent produced. After several years of joint development...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Set of 6 white Verner Panton Classic Chairs in Baydur 1st Miller Edition 68-71
By Verner Panton
Located in Essen, NW
First produced series of the well-known Panton Chair made of polyurethane hard foam (Baydur) painted white. Production only from 1968 to 1971! Execution: Herman Miller / Fehlbaum P...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Foam

Vitra Verner Panton 'Panton Glow', 2018 Limited Edition, 1 of Only 333 Pcs Made
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in Utrecht, NL
Vitra 'Glow Panton chair', luminescent, white, limited edition 1 chair of only 333 pieces ever produced. Released and sold in June 2018 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Vintage Tan Kreis Spectrum Verner Panton Textile. Size: 4 ft 1 in x 12 ft 7 in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage tan or brown colored Verner Panton Kreis Textile, country of origin: Denmark, date: circa mid-20th century. Size: 4 ft 1 in x 12 ft 7 in (1.24 m x 3.84 m)
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Linen

Vintage Scandinavian Verner Panton “checkers Ii” Textile. 3 ft 10 in x 3 ft 10in
By Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian Verner Panton “checkers Ii” Textile, Country of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa date: Mid-20th Century. Size: 3 ft 10 in x 3 ft 10 in (1.17 m x 1.17 m)
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20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Russian and Scandinavian Rugs

Materials

Linen

Panton Chair
By Verner Panton
Located in Highland, IN
The Panton chair is an important icon of modern design and has a fascinating history as Verner Panton experimented with a variety of materials to best realize the design. The most co...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Foam, Paint

Verner Panton "Panton Chair" 6 Original Chairs Edition Herman Miller circa 1960
By Herman Miller, Verner Panton
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Verner Panton "Panton chair" 6 original chairs edition Herman Miller in enamelled fiberglass circa 1960 repainted a few years ago. original color: white wear and minor losses.
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

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