The Panton Chair is a classic in the history of design. Designed by Verner Panton in 1960, it took several years to fine-tune, being conceived from the first idea to be built in a single, continuous piece of plastic.
Verner Panton, born in Gamtofte, Denmark, worked in Arne Jacobsen‘s studio from 1950 to 1952, and opened his own independent studio in 1955. His passion for colours and geometric patterns is revealed in many of his interior design projects, including the Varna restaurant in Arhus (Denmark) and the Visiona exhibition at Imm Cologne in 1968 and 1970.
The Panton Chair went into regular production in 1967, made with a rigid polyurethane shell, glossy lacquered, by the German company Vitra. This first version of the Panton Chair is still in production today under the name Panton Chair Classic. In recent years, Vitra has put into production a new version of the Panton Chair, in polyurethane, matt lacquered, also suitable for outdoor use.
In 2018, 50 years after the first launch of the Panton Chair, at the 1968 edition of Imm Cologne, Vitra created a limited edition of the Panton Chair, in a mirror version, the Panton Chrome. The mirrored version is the realization of a dream of Verner Panton, which took a long time to find the right technology to have a surface resistant, metallic, reflective.
In 2018, another special version of the Panton Chair was produced, which becomes phosphorescent in the dark thanks to a special hand-applied paint finish – the Panton Glow. Among the various versions of the chair, there’s also a Panton Chair Mini, for children.
Among the images of the photogallery, also a shooting from 1970, by Brian Duffy, entitled “How to undress in front of your husband”, where Amanda Lear performed a strip-tease in front of a red Panton Chair.