Panton photographed by Erling Mandelmann
13 February 1926|
5 September 1998 (aged 72)|
Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colors. His style was very "1960s" but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century; as of 2004, Panton's most well-known furniture models are still in production (at Vitra, among others).
Panton was an experienced artist in Odense; next, he studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) in Copenhagen, graduating in 1951. During the first two years of his career, 1950–1952, he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen, another Danish architect and furniture designer. Panton turned out to be an "enfant terrible" and he started his own design and architectural office. He became well known for his innovative architectural proposals, including a collapsible house (1955), the Cardboard House and the Plastic House (1960). Near the end of the 1950s, his chair designs became much more unconventional, with no legs or discernible back. In 1960 Panton was the designer of the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair. The Stacking chair or S chair, became his most famous and mass-produced design resulting organic shapes inspired by the human body requirements, the tongue.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire environments: radical and psychedelic interiors that were an ensemble of his curved furniture, wall upholstering, textiles and lighting. He is perhaps best known for a series of interior designs for Bayer's yearly product exhibition, held aboard excursion boats, one is now preserved in a museum. He is also known for a hotel in Europe that utilized circular patterns and cylindrical furniture.
Additionally, Panton is well known for his innovative design work for Der Spiegel, a well-known German publication in Hamburg.
- Cone Chair (1958)
- The Panton Chair (1960)
- Peacock Chair
- Verner Panton S-chair model 275 Thonet
- Bayer exposition ships Visiona O + II, Köln, 1968, 1970 → on YouTube
- Spiegel Canteen, Hamburg, 1969
- The Official Verner Panton Reference Portal and Archives: Photos, designs and producers
- MY PANTON HOME - The worlds largest Verner Panton collection
- The Era Verner Panton - His Life & Work
- More than 120 items designed by Verner Panton on architonic.com: with images, informations and auction results
- Verner Panton biography at Danish Furniture
- PANTONWORLD - A collectors tribute to Verner Panton
- Overview of Verner Panton