The Panton chair was designed by Verner Panton, one of Denmark’s most influential interior designers, in the 1960s.
Since the chair’s creation, its iconic design has made it a 20th-century landmark. Built fluidly to accommodate the human body form, the Panton chair incorporates features made for both style and comfort. The cantilever base and overall shape was designed with flexible materials. The sleek design makes it suitable for singular and group settings, as well as outdoors.
The solid plastic chair was originally made in one mold, however, the process was subsequently adjusted for manufacturing until later. Produced using injection molding, the plastic material consists of reinforced polypropylene fiberglass that is thoroughly dyed. At approximately 5.5 kg, its sturdy construction includes weather proofing and UV safeguards, with fade prevention additives. In addition, the Panton chair has passed all standard flammability tests based upon the butane and cigarette flame tests.
The Panton chair is considered a classic of futuristic furniture design. The Vitra firm developed a version for production in 1967. Since the first plastic chair was made from one section, it has seen some adjustments after the market launch. Recently, it was produced in alignment with designer Panton’s original vision, from strong, dyed plastic with a matt finish. Also known as the stacking or S chair, it has become Panton’s most mass-produced and famous design.