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Friday Focus - Vitra Panton

You can tell when a product has achieved true iconic status when it is recognisable to the general public. The Aeron chair and the Eames lounge chair are both good examples of this.

Another product that has enjoyed this status since it was first designed over 50 years ago is the Panton Chair from Vitra. 

Created by the Danish designer Verner Panton, the single piece, cantilevered plastic stacking chair has achieved such iconic status that it has appeared on the front cover of Vogue, one of the earliest models is now in the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it has even been included in the Danish Culture Canon – a collection of the greatest, most important works of Denmark's cultural heritage.

Verner Panton started designing the chair in 1960 and in 1963 his work with Vitra began.  It was 4 years later that Vitra and Panton finally were able to present the first model of the Panton chair, made in fibreglass. The more recent model is made out of injection-moulded plastic.  

Panton’s ability to fit perfectly into any surroundings makes it perfect for modern interior design thinking. It is at home in a world which draws less and less distinction between the design of traditional offices and public spaces such as hotels and cafes.

To find out more about the Vitra Panton chair click here
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