Contemporary of Arne Jacobsen, with whom he worked for years, Verner Panton is one of the most influential Danish designers of his time. His creations, considered as pioneering, make him, more than twenty years after his death, one of the pillars of the Scandinavian modernism of the twentieth century. Panton created mainly chairs, remarkable for their shapes and their colors and materials.
SOME BIOGRAPHICAL FACTS ABOUT VERNER PANTON
Verner Panton was born in 1926 in Gentofte, Denmark. He trained first as an architect engineer, before studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Early in his career, he worked closely with Arne Jacobsen, another remarkable Danish designer. However, their collaboration ceased when Panton decided to found his own studio in 1955. He created mostly chairs, astonishing as much by their shapes as by the chosen materials. His most famous model, the Panton Chair, is one of the best-selling models in the history of Danish design. Towards the end of his career, Panton abandoned design and was interested in interior design, imagining “psychedelic” spaces. In 1970, he created the interior of a liner, the Loreley, today a museum. He died in 1998, at the age of 72.
THE REMARKABLE WORK OF VERNER PANTON
As stated in his biography, Panton focused on chairs and created several models. He particularly liked bright colors and geometric shapes. This chair module, shown opposite, perfectly demonstrates the work of materials, with its seat in black wool. The forms are also worked, part of the modern Scandinavian genre of the twentieth century. With his famous Panton chair, he also worked with fiberglass reinforced polyester, and used polyurethane foam, innovating materials compared to his contemporaries.
Still visible in museums or some design shops, the works of Verner Panton meet with great success around the world. The Vintage Furniture, your vintage furniture shop in Paris, has some rare pieces, visible in our spaces in the heart of the Marais.