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Verner Panton


THE PANTON CHAIR, A REFERENCE OF DANISH DESIGN FOR HALF A CENTURY

The increasingly ephemeral times and constant change of mindset that welcomes all known disciplines, together foster an environment where the selection of goods is of great relevance to decision making.

Making a decision on the acquisition of a good piece of furniture or a work of art, are both possible when buying a Panton chair; which was created at the dawn of the sixties and continues in force today thanks to its futuristic design and the versatility and comfort that characterizes it. This furniture belongs to the collection of the world famous Vitra and is an unmissable piece to look at in the Vitra Design Museum.

Verner Panton was a designer who was born in a far away town on the island of Funen in Denmark.  He established himself in Odense to carry out his studies at the Technical School and military service, and then went  to the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen where he graduated in 1951.

After several years of working for the prestigious furniture designer Arne Jacobsen who was his first boss, he was introduced by him to the creative world regarding futuristic design, bright colors and ergonomics in each of his creations. Panton was also able to draw inspiration during those years from the trend of concave lines and streamlined look for the familiar reason that the space age was developed in the sixties, one of the events of more importance in the postwar world, just as there was a generational change which was translated into the lifestyle.
The Panton chair has become one of those pieces you can identify with just looking at them. It began to be manufactured in Denmark by the company Fritz Hansen and later was the German company Vitra who acquired patents for mass production.

It is no coincidence that since Vitra began its production in 1967, it has remained a brand bestseller, becoming an icon of modern design in terms of furniture, whether for offices or rooms, or as can be seen, even in temples and halls the Panton chair is found.