Panton, Verner


Panton Classic Chair 1959/60

Panton 1999

Panton Kids

Panton Amoebe 1970

Panton Amoebe Highback 1970

Verner Panton

This Danish born (February 13, 1926 - September 5, 1998) architect believed that the combination of color, textiles and technology could stimulate fantasy and enable a more exciting environment. Taking traditional forms and expanding them to the outer limits, he opened eyes to new theories and how furniture should form to the body. His experimentation with numerous materials enabled him to transform what is generally called furniture into elegant art.

Trained in Odense as an architectural engineer and the extending his education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, he began his career at the Arne Jacobsen's architectural office. However, his preoccupation with his own designs marked him with the reputation of being one of the worst workers. He maintained his Volkswagon bus as a drafting studio and traveled through Europe, thus developing major contacts that enabled him to open his own design office in 1955. That same year he produced the tubular steel canvas and woven plastic "Bachelor" and "Tivoli" chairs. In 1958 he opened eyes by displaying furniture by hanging it from the ceiling of the stand of the Applied Art Display at the Fredericia Furniture Fair. Then, with upholstered bent sheet metal, in 1958 his "Cone" and "Heart" chair in 1959, he began to change views on this furniture structure. The stationary four legged, straight backed typical chair was replaced with a sculpture that had no discernible back, no legs, and yet a person was able to sit him or herself down and comfortably enjoy. Many people are familiar with his Panton Chair, highlighted under the DesignReasons' category Chairs and Kids.

In 1960 he created this stacking phenomena which was at first molded out of a single piece of plastic, and later was refined and upgraded expanding to the children's arena. It debuted on the cover of Mobilia in August 1967 and awarded an A.I.D. award in 1968. This elegant bright colored curved phenomena has continued production and is a classic.

In the 1960's and 70's Panton experimented in the area of upholstery, thus in 1963 created the "Flying" Chair and "Upholstered Seating System", in 1968 the "Pantower" a several layered upholstered unit, and in 1974 the upholstered "Sitting Wheel." He wanted his designs to be more than just functional but to blossom with visual appeal. He went on to imitate the shape of the body when he designed two chairs for Cassina in 1979 - "Sisters Emmenthaler" and the "Mrs. Emmenthaler" chaise lounge.

Panton has also experimented in lighting with entire walls filled with lit panels and a variety of UFOs seemingly gliding. His lights swayed, spiraled, and created sounds. Of course, an ode to his talent is the colors he used in order to highlight the environment.

DesignReasons sells the Verner Panton Chairs for Vitra. The Panton Classic is a high-end glossy finish that comes only in a few colors, the Panton Chair is the adult standard that comes in many colors, and the Panton Kids or called Panton Junior comes in many colors. The Panton Amoebe Chair and the Panton Amoebe Highback Chair also comes in many colors.