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Panton, Verner (1926-98)

Verner  PantonA Danish architect and designer of Modern interiors, furniture, textiles, carpets and lighting.

In 1955, Panton designed the first all-in-one, Plywood cantilevered chair, the S-Chair, for the Swiss furniture company, Thonet.

This was translated into plastic with the Panton Chair, designed from 1959-60, which was produced by furniture company Herman Miller from 1962 and is still produced today, by Vitra.

Other iconic designs of Panton’s include the fabric upholstered, sculptural Cone (1958) and Heart (1959) chairs for Plus Linje.

He developed his own colour system for the textiles and room interiors that he designed. Some of these were lined with sculptural foam furnishings and ‘furniture’ upholstered in fashionable, brightly coloured fabrics of the day.


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