Artists & Designers

Verner Panton (1926-1998)

Considered one of the most versatile industrial designers of the 20th century, Danish architect Verner Panton created a wide range of products, including furniture, lighting, and textiles. Born on the island of Funen in Denmark, Panton studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and upon graduation worked with Arne Jacobsen (1950-52) before establishing his own architectural and design firm in 1955. Panton first established himself at the forefront of the avant-garde with furniture based on extravagant geometric forms and use of strong colors, as seen in his Cone chair. Originally based in Denmark (1955-62), then in France (1962), the firm has been located in Binningen, Switzerland since 1963. Drawing on his architectural background, Panton designed groundbreaking domestic living spaces, fusing floors, walls, furniture, lighting and textiles into wholly original and integrated interiors marked by his characteristic geometric shapes and intense colors.

Recognized particularly for his chairs, Panton persistently explored the idea of the single-piece seating unit. Two of his most important contributions in this vein have been his one-piece molded stacking chair (1989.74) of 1960 and his Cone chair (1992.513) from 1958, both in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art.

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