Panton Chair

May 8, 2014
Posted in Furniture

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Verner Panton, a famous designer from Denmark, generated the design of this bright plastic chair back in 1950s, but finding the right manufacturer for bulk production was no easy task. Brand-new shape of his project and its experimental nature frightened big-name firms, until Vitra Company finally took a chance and signed a contract in 1963. Four years later the first batch of chairs saw the light. In the opening stage the manufacturer made the Panton chairs from German polyurethane foam, but in 1970s the material failed to stand the test of time. Today it’s manufactured from polyurethane and available in several eye-catching colors.


Designer’s opinion: I’ve never thought that such a sculptural thing may prove to be so functional. But when we bought a kids model for my four-year-old daughter, it turned out to be very convenient. Now that the daughter has grown up, the chair is still with us: we put it in the entrance hall for storing keys and other smalls. As distinguished from traditional couches and chests of drawers, it has a trough and things never get lost. In other respects it’s certainly a piece of furniture suitable for fast breakfasts – you won’t sit on it too long. And it’s no wonder: the chair is meant for cafes and other public places, where people don’t spend much time usually.

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