Verner Panton

Verner Panton (February 13, 1926 – September 5, 1998) was a Danish furniture and interior designer. He has created innovative, futuristic designs in variety of vibrant colors, geometric forms and materials – especially plastic. Verner studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen and graduated in 1951. He started his career at the architectural offices of another very well known Danish architect and furniture designer – Arne Jacobsen. There he assisted Jacobsen on his famous Ant Chair. In 1952 Verner Panton started his own design and architecture studio. He crated many designs for lighting and seating. It was after Panton designed his Cone Chair that put him in the spotlight in 1959. He always liked to push the envelope with his designs and materials. He was the first to develop an inflatable furniture, chair – made from clear plastic film.

Verner Panton’s most famous furniture design has become the Panton Chair or S chair. It was the first single-form injection-molded plastic chair. It was designed in 1960, but only came in to production in 1967 due to technical challenges of the design. Panton liked to develop entire groups of furnishings for so called “entire environments”, he designed floors, walls, furniture, lighting and textiles using his characteristic intense colors and daring geometric shapes. One of these spaces was the Astoria Hotel in Norway, later followed by the Hamburg headquarters of Spiegel magazine in 1969 and Grüner & Jahr’s publishing offices in Hamburg in 1973. Panton’s designs slowly lost their popularity during late 1970’s and 1980’s. All that changed in 1990’s when mid-century modernism in general returned to vogue, which revived Verner Panton’s designs.

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