Stacking Chair

MAKER:
Designer

Verner Panton ( Danish, 1926 - 1998 )


Manufacturer

Herman Miller, Inc. ( American, 1923 )

DATE:
designed 1960
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General Description

The Panton chair is an S-shaped, molded plastic continuous form created by Danish designer Verner Panton in the 1960s. The world's first single-material and single-form chair, it is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Danish design. From the early 1950s, Panton had thought about making a stackable, cantilevered plastic chair in one piece, and made a laminated version in 1955. But the cantilevered form was a concept ahead of its time; technical problems in fabrication delayed production until seven years after its design. Panton was a contributor to the development of sleek new styles reflecting the "Space Age" of the 1960s, and this chair in particular was seen as being as smooth, curvaceous, and striking as modern furniture.

Heather Bowling, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2016.

Drawn from

Judith Gura, Design After Modernism: Furniture and Interiors 1970-2010. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012.

Fun Facts

The chair's most famous appearance was in January 1995 when it was featured on the cover of the British edition of Vogue with a naked Kate Moss.

Web Resources

  • Independent
    Read the article, "The Secret History of: The Verner Panton S Chair" by Kate Watson-Smyth.

  • Vogue Magazine
    Click here to see Kate Moss with the Panton chair on the cover of British Vogue.