|Product type||Kid's chair|
Dimensions in mm
|Material||Batch-dyed polypropylene, matt|
|Function & properties||Suitable for outdoor use|
|Care||To clean the plastic surfaces the use a soft, damp cloth and a mild, neutral detergent are recommended.|
|Awards & museum||MoMA, New York|
|Certificates & sustainability||Greenguard: Indoor Air Qualitiy Certified
Vitra conform to:
ISO 90001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
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|Product family||Panton Chairs
|Product datasheet||Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,2 MB).
In terms of silhouette and shape the Vitra Panton Chair is a unique classic, which has become famous worldwide. Designed in 1959 by Verner Panton, the chair was the first cantilever chair formed in a single piece. The possibility for this formal revolution arose through the development of the first plastics, a material characterized by its high flexibility in terms of shape and colour: the silhouette of the Panton Chair would in all probability not have been possible with any other material. Despite this it still took nearly 10 years of development work by Verner Panton and Vitra until the plastic chair could be mass-produced. The single piece construction principle so fascinated Verner Panton that he worked his draft until he succeeded in creating a structure which was stable even without a base plate - a design decision which allows the Panton Chair to offer so much uninhibited legroom. Many, including the then Herman Miller design director George Nelson, were of the opinion that the chair resembled a sculpture more than a piece of furniture and considered it too unconventional; however the commercial success proved Verner Panton correct. It was always Panton's intention to manufacture a kid's version of the chair, a wish that long went fulfilled due to economic obstacles. However since 2008, the Panton Junior has been manufactured by Vitra based on the original designs of Verner Panton. In relation to its big brother, the Panton Junior is about a quarter smaller, but it has exactly the same proportions as the original. The playful S-shape of the chair is particularly well received by the young, and can be used as both a toy or seating - and in the nursery, in the garden, on the terrace or granny's living room.
Born in 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark, Verner Panton attended the Technical School in Odense, before being convinced by his parents to study architecture at the Royal Art Academy Copenhagen. However even then he harboured a passion for bright colours and unusual shapes and his first designs include drafts of legless chairs and indicate early considerations of the future Panton Chair. In Copenhagen Verner Panton became acquainted with Arne Jacobsen, including working for two years as an assistant in his office, and was involved in the development of, amongst other projects, the ever popular Ant Chair. The close association of the two designers' can be seen not only in their architectural education, but also their tendency to employ innovative technologies and unconventional forms. Panton greatly admired the work of Arne Jacobsen, as well as that of Poul Henningsen, his second important mentor. Despite the importance, and stature, of his two mentors Verner Panton developed his own style, which was particularly defined by his predilection for plastic, and also his passion for textiles, a genre in which he pursued his vision of blending spatial structures through the combination of furniture, ceilings and floors into a flowing unit. Since the 1960s Verner Panton's life was closely linked to the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, for whom he also designed the Panton Chair. In later years, interest in his person waned somewhat, not least because of his concentration on plastics; a material which during the oil crisis became expensive and impractical. However when in course of the 1990s retro sixties-style celebrated a revival, Verner Panton also reappeared on the scene, for all as an exhibition and interior designer. Verner Panton's last exhibition, "Light and Colour" opened two weeks after his death in September 1998.
The furniture manufacturer Vitra is internationally famous for its co-operations with many well-known designers of different styles; and indeed the company's first big success was achieved with the furniture designs of Charles and Ray Eames, and to this day the Eames' chairs, armchairs and tables count amongst the most popular products in the Vitra portfolio, while a large proportion of the pair's non-written estate is also in Vitra's possession. Other notable designers with whom Vitra have successfully co-operated include, for example, Antonio Citterio, Jasper Morrison and for all Verner Panton. Vitra was the only furniture manufacturer who was willing in the 1960s to take a risk with his now legendary Panton Chair. Based in Birsfelden near Basel Vitra is still family owned and works to and with the same high standards of quality and longevity of the products it always has. With Vitra furniture engineering knowledge and creativity fuse to create functional and inspiring interior design concepts. Many world-famous design classics are produced by Vitra, much more than just the ever popular Eames Plastic Chairs or the Panton Chair. In addition, at their base in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Vitra can boast the Vitra Campus, an estate of buildings by international architects and which houses in addition to logistics and producti