National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
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.