Verner Panton trained as an architect but is best known for his innovative seating, lighting, textile and interior design. Unlike other Danish designers, Panton took a bold, contemporary approach, producing highly innovative designs that embraced cutting-edge technologies and new materials. In 1955, with the co-operation of Thonet, Panton produced the first single-form, catilevered plywood S-chair. In 1960 he succeeded in translating this design into plastic, creating the Panton chair, the first single-form, materially unified chair in plastic. The Panton chair has become a classic of mid-century modernism, being light, strong, comfortable, easy to store, affordable and suitable for mass-production.