Verner Panton


Designer Profile

Verner Panton

Verner Panton trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and initially worked in Arne Jacobsen's (designed the Egg Chair) architectural practice. Verner Panton established his own design office in 1955. Later with the  Verner Panton chair, he is credited first with the design of the very first single-form injection-molded plastic chair -the Stacking chair designed in 1960.  Verner Panton was also the first to create inflatable furniture.  One of the highlights of Verner Panton 's career is the Fantasy Landscapes he created for Bayer in 1968 that have now achieved cult status.  Verner Panton thought and created with the imaginary vision of a child, in bold colors and shapes - quite evident in the Panton chair.  He died in 1998.

Verner Panton stated "The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination. Most people spend their lives housed in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colors."  Verner Panton also said, "By experimenting with lighting, colors, textiles, and furniture [ like the Verner Panton Chair ] and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to show new ways, to encourage people to use their fantasy and make their surroundings more exciting."

The Verner Panton chair is still one of the most popular modern chairs today. The new polypropelene version of the panton chair is readily available.  Verner Panton lives on in his vision thru items like the panton chair and other awesome designs.