Panton chair

Side view of a Panton chair showing the curve of the seat. Front view of a Panton chair showing thecurve of the seat. Rear view of a Panton chair showing the sweep of the base. Rear view of a Panton chair showing the sweep of the base. Front view of a Panton chair showing the curve of the seat. Front view of a Panton chair showing the sweep of the base. Underside view of a Panton chair showing the foot at the base. Close view of a Panton chair showing the moulded signature. Close view of a Panton chair showing the moulded inscription underneath.
Side view of a Panton chair showing the curve of the seat. Front view of a Panton chair showing thecurve of the seat. Rear view of a Panton chair showing the sweep of the base. Rear view of a Panton chair showing the sweep of the base. Front view of a Panton chair showing the curve of the seat. Front view of a Panton chair showing the sweep of the base. Underside view of a Panton chair showing the foot at the base. Close view of a Panton chair showing the moulded signature. Close view of a Panton chair showing the moulded inscription underneath.
Details
Object number
AIBDC : 006167
Country
Date
2007

Description

The Panton chair was first conceived by the architect and designer, Verner Panton, in 1960. Originally it was made in a rigid polyurethane foam and lacquered but this was prevented due to technical difficulties in the manufacture of the chair in this material. It was not until 1967 that the design came to be the first single-piece plastic chair to go into mass production, at this point made from injection moulded fibreglass-reinforced polyester. Although this chair design has been through several upgrades it is not until the 1999 polypropylene re-issue that the manufacture of this piece has reached what Panton originally set out to do - to create a chair out of a tough plastic, that is consistently dyed and has a matte finish. Special additives have been included in the material to slow down the fading process caused by ultraviolet light making the chair suitable for outdoor use. This colour was made as a limited edition in 2007.
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer

Inscriptions

moulded: "Vitra" (under seat)
moulded: "Verner Panton" (foot)
Dimensions
Width
500mm
Height
830mm
Depth
610mm
Colour Note
pale