Verner Panton

Known for the innovative and colorful chairs he designed in the 60s, Danish designer Verner Panton (Copenhagen, 1926 - Basel, 1998) began his career as a designer in 1951, after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. After a short period in which he assisted Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, he began to work on his chairs, pioneers of the concept of comfort for their sensitivity towards postural problems, which Panton studied and took into account in every project, as well as for their enveloping shapes, which often associated them with the work of Joe Colombo and the Space Age. In 1960 Panton designed the piece that was going to become a great classic of the 20th century, the Panton Chair, produced by Vitra since 1967: it was the result of the combination of a cantilevered structure with an anthropomorphic shape, its distinction being that it was the first chair produced with a single flexible plastic sheet. Panton would decline it in other models with different padding and materials.

Meet the designers

Gio Ponti

Piero Fornasetti

Fratelli Castiglioni

Joe Colombo

Nanda Vigo

Ettore Sottsass

Marco Zanuso

Luigi Caccia Dominioni

Ico Parisi

Charles & Ray Eames

Gae Aulenti

Pietro Chiesa

Vico Magistretti

Giotto Stoppino

Tobia Scarpa

Carlo Nason

Marcello Cuneo

Vittorio Dassi

Paolo Buffa

Max Ingrand

Gastone Rinaldi

Pia Guidetti Crippa

Gaetano Pesce

Richard Sapper

Ingo Maurer

Gabriella Crespi

Paul McCobb

Paul Tuttle

Nendo

Alvaro Siza

Carl Jacob Jucker

Ernesto Basile

Sergio Mazza

Osvaldo Borsani

Oscar Torlasco

Le Corbusier

Willy Rizzo

Gaetano Sciolari

Carlo De Carli

Angelo Lelli

Gino Sarfatti

Marcel Breuer

Carlo Scarpa

Massimo & Lella Vignelli

Aldo Tura

Verner Panton

Guglielmo Ulrich

Franco Albini

Angelo Mangiarotti

Enzo Mari

Tito Agnoli

Eero Saarinen

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Alessandro Mendini

Cleto Munari

Carlo Mollino