The Panton Chair has become one of the most iconic chairs of the 20th century. It’s not just the form that has led to this though, the chair was also one of the first to use polymers and was created in a single piece. 

It was designed by the Danish designer Verner Panton in 1967. This chair was the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of plastic. Sleek, sexy and a technical first, the Panton was the chair of the era, and even to this day is sold globally. Of course there are also many replicas nowadays cashing in on the fame of the original. Unfortunately not long after the chair came out originally the whole modernism styling fell out of fashion. It wasn’t until the mid 90s until it became in vogue again. This could be partly due to its use in the British Vogue magazine cover featuring a naked Kate Moss on a Panton Chair. Due to this sudden demand most of Panton’s designs from the 60s were put back into production.

The design started with Panton’s experiments in plastic, a material of which he could see the future potential for even though it was relatively new. One of his ambitions was to create a comfortable, all-purpose plastic chair moulded in a single piece. In order to see this through he sought a manufacturer. In 1963 he started working with Vitra on this project. It took almost 4 years of experimentation and trials to see his dream developed into a working commercial project! 

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