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Verner Panton

architect - designer (1926-1998)

Verner Panton is a figure of immense importance in the world of modern design.

Born in Gamtofte the Danish island of Funen, in 1944 he decided to enroll in the Polytechnic and moved to Odense, also on the island of Funen, where serntirà of having taken part in the Danish resistance against the occupation of Germany.

In 1947 he enrolled in a degree program in architecture at the Academy of Copenhagen, and in 1950 began to work assisting the famous architect Arne Jacobsen Ant chair design.

In 1955 he opened his own design studio and created his first articles of furniture for mass production, the Tivoli Chair and Bachelor calls it, in the same year, are produced and launched by the company Fritz Hansen.

In 1958 he opened his own restaurant Komigen Verner Panton that he designed for his parents, owners and operators of hotels. The design includes the use of the Cone Chair, designed specifically for the purpose, is a huge success.

In 1960 Verner Panton designs one of its articles of greater importance in both stylistic of technological evolution: the series of Stacking chairs produced by plastic molding ignezione known to be the first that was realized by the use of a single mold.

That same year a collection of inflatable chairs, and their design Astoria hotel in Norway. This project puts into practice the technique of "total environment" in the use of a consistent style carrier for the decoration of walls, floors and ceilings of the same local local. Then use this technique on several other installations (including the one for the exhibition of Cologne Watch II).

In 1961 his works were published in the Danish magazine of furniture furniture.

In 1963 after moving to Basel with Marianne Person-Oertenheim, future wife, takes important labor agreements with the European subsidiary of U.S. company Herman Miller Herman Miller-Vitra.

In 1964 creates the seductive collections Flying Chairs and Shell Lamps that will arouse a great interest when the exhibition will be presented Cologne Furniture Fair.

In 1965 creates the original S Chair in molded plywood, and based on the design of the chair stacking, begins to design the Panton chair, which is then produced by Herman Miller-Vitra in 1968.

In 1969 the launch of the amazing creation called Living Tower apparatus consisting of a solid soft to the touch within which you can sit in various positions. In the same year Verner Panton complete the interior design of the general offices of the magazine Der Spiegel in Hamburg.

Watch the performance achieved in 1970 II for the maker of cosmetics, and pharmaceutical framaceutici Bayer, Cologne. The design consisted of a beautiful installation based on the principle that had already used for the creation of the apparatus in combination with the principle Living Tower "total environment" (previously used in interior design Astoria hotel in Norway), all applied to a wide surface. In 1973, again under the same stylistic lines, outlined the interior of the newspaper offices Grüner & Jahr in Hamburg.

In 1990 the house Herman Miller-Vitra produces a second edition of the Panton chair. In 1994, the furnishing superstore IKEA prodocono a large number of articles Vilbert, series of chairs made of molded plywood entered for the first time on the market in 1954.

In 1995, the Panton Chair appears on the cover of British version of fashion magazine Vogue.