Panton Chair turns 50 | Iconic Pieces
It is not surprising that this chair gets the attention it has been getting for the past 50 years. Vernor Panton’s (1926-1998) initial idea for this 20th century iconic chair dates back to 1958-1959. In 1967 Vitra released it to the public, since then it was manufactured in four different kinds of finishes and versions. The idea of having stackable molded plastic chairs back then was a craze in itself.
In 2005 the kids version was released and was an instant hit due to the polycarbonate finish in addition to the various colors it has been manufactured in.
Due to its history and specifications, the Panton chair is desired by most designers. Its seat height makes it supportive thus being a great chair for use behind desks yet stylish enough to be used in other places as well.
One of the world’s most renowned architects, Zaha Hadid, has used it in the Chamber music Hall at the Manchester Art Gallery for the Manchester International Festival. It has been used in churches as well.
United Nude created the Lo-res chair after being inspired by the Panton Chair.
Chris Bosse sliced up Panton Chair as part of the Re-loved: designer stories exhibition at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum that runs from 31 July – 30 September 2010.
The manufacturer for the Panton Chair is Vitra (www.vitra.com). Agents for Vitra furniture are found throughout the world. In Kuwait there is no current agent for the home collection, in Lebanon the agent is Vivre , Jal el Dib Hwy Phone: + 961 4 72 41 11.