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The Panton Chair by Verner Panton was a real revolution when launched in 1959: the first plastic cantilever chair which could be produced from a single mould. Thanks to Panton's exploration of and with new materials and manufacturing methods the Danish designer was able to construct a completely new design language, and one which as the Panton Chair perfectly exemplifies allowed almost sculptural effects.


Product Type Multi-purpose chair

Dimensions in mm

2021, the manufacturer is introducing a new seat height of 44 cm (new total height: 86 cm) in addition to new colours. The original height/colours are available in the smow online shop while stocks last.
Weight 5,6 kg (SH 41 cm)
6,6 kg (SH 44 cm)
Colours Colours with old height (until 2020)

Colours with new height (from 2021)

Material Dyed-through polypropylene
Variants Panton Chair Classic available separately
Function and uses Suitable for use outdoors
Care When cleaning the Panton Chair always use a soft, damp cloth and a mild, household, detergent.
Awards & Museum MoMA New York
Certificates DIN EN 1021 (Assessment of the ignitability of upholstered furniture - Part 1: Ignition source smouldering cigarette & Part 2: Ignition source match flame equivalent)
Greenguard: Indoor Air Quality Certified
Sustainability Vitra adhere to:
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
Warranty 24 months

Register product and secure extended manufacturer's warranty of 10 years
Product family Panton Chairs
Accessories Suitable Seat Pad for Panton Chair and Leather Seat Pad by Parkhaus Berlin or Seat Dots by Vitra available in different colours
Product datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,2 MB).
Product presentation

Popular versions

Panton Chair, Classic red
Panton Chair, Ice grey
Panton Chair, Pale rose (new height)
Panton Chair, Deep black (new height)
Panton Chair, Glacier blue (new height)
Panton Chair, Dark lime
Panton Chair, White (new height)
Panton Chair, Classic red (new height)
Panton Chair, Soft mint (new height)
New colour
Panton Chair, Bordeaux (new height)


Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 8 am to 6 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

What is the difference between the Panton Chair and the Panton Chair Classic?

The Panton Chair Classic is constructed from rigid polyurethane foam with a gloss varnish finish, and as such is true to the version originally produced and marketed by Vitra in 1967. The Panton Chair is produced from a modern polypropylene and has a more matt surface. The polypropylene version was authorised by Verner Panton in 1999.

Is the Panton Chair available in other colours?

Vitra regularly develop new colour schemes and as such the palette of available colours is always changing. Colours from former collections can however not be supplied as the necessary colour granules are no longer available. Should you have any specific colour requirements please contact our service team.

How much weight can a Panton Chair support?

The Panton Chair meets the "GS" test standards and is tested up to a load of 110kg. The way in which the chair is used is also important. Swinging, for example, causes a higher strain which can reduce the chairs lifetime.

How do I recognise an original Panton Chair?

The signature "Verner Panton" is engraved in the base.

Why is the Panton Chair now available in a new seat height?

Over the past five decades, the average height of people has increased by several centimetres. That is why Vitra has optimised the seat height of the Panton Chair. This change only applies to the Panton Chair and not to the Panton Chair Classic.

Design Story

Panton Chair in combination with other Vitra chairs

The Design

In 1959 Verner Panton wrote design history with his Panton Chair: "the first chair from a single cast". A plastic cantilever chair the Panton Chair not only marked a break with the Scandinavian tradition of wood furniture but also underscored Verner Panton's fascination with new materials and the possibilities associated with such. These new possibilities meant that furniture was no longer bound to traditional forms and styling. Verner Panton was deeply inspired by the creative, artistic, possibilities offered, so much so that in the S form of the Panton Chair George Nelson, at the time Design Director at Herman Miller, considered it more a sculpture than a piece of furniture - and was originally against its inclusion in the Vitra collection. Despite early problems with developing the prototype the Panton Chair entered mass production in 1969 and quickly became one of the most popular designs of its age. In 1999 Vitra introduced the Panton Junior - a children's version of this popular design classic.

Vitra Panton chairs at the dining table

Vitra children's chair Panton Junior


Based in Birsfelden, Switzerland the contemporary furniture manufacturer Vitra is very closely related to the development of Verner Panton's career. And for all the development of the Panton Chair as we know it today is largely thanks to the co-operation with Vitra. The Swiss company invested heavily in Panton's idea, and were responsible for helping Verner Panton create a functional prototype of his plastic cantilever chair, so that in 1969, a decade after Panton's first drafts, his seating sculpture could enter production. The closeness of the relationship between Verner Panton and Vitra can be seen by the fact that a large part of Verner Panton's archive is kept by the Vitra Design Museum. In addition to Verner Panton Vitra also produce furniture designs by Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Beyond furniture production, in the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein Vitra have amassed a unique collection of buildings by contemporary architects while the Vitra Design Museum, itself design by Frank Gehry, presents, la