Posted on February 10, 2009 - by I ♥ Original
(1926 – 1998)
Birthplace: Gamtofte, Denmark
Verner Panton studied at the Odense Technical College and then took architecture at the Copenhagen Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 1950-52 he worked for Arne Jacobsen at his architectural office before establishing his own design and architecture studio in 1955. From there he began developing furniture designs of geometric form, which he produced under commission for the furniture company, Plus-linje.
Panton’s passion for geometric shapes and bright colouring led him to branch out into a range of textiles, furniture design, upholstery, and even lighting. His permanent place in the history of design was secured by his approach to viewing a room or space as a unified whole or ‘gesamtkunstwerk’. His most celebrated works were designed between 1968 and 1970, for the Cologne Furniture Fair, where he exhibited his ‘Visiona’ ship installations, and for the Varna restaurant in Aarhus and the Spiegel publishing headquarters in Hamburg.
In the early 1960s Panton began working with Vitra, where in 1967 he created his most famous furniture design, the S-shaped ‘Panton Chair’. Panton also heralded a new period for the company because his chair was the first independent, Vitra-developed product. Vitra still own the license for production of Panton’s key designs including the still-popular Panton Chair and the more relaxed Amoebe Chair. If it’s not made by Vitra, it’s a copy.
In 1998 Verner Panton died in Copenhagen.