Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998)
Verner Panton is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colors.
His style was seen as a product of the 1960s and fell out of favour in subsequent decades. By the end of the 20th Century, they had regained their “cool” amongst the public. As of 2016, Panton’s most well-known furniture models are still in production. During the first two years of his career, 1950–1952, he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen, another key Danish architect and furniture designer. Panton turned out to be an “enfant terrible” and he started his own design and architectural office. He became well known for his innovative architectural proposals, including a collapsible house (1955), the Cardboard House and the Plastic House (1960). Near the end of the 1950s, his chair designs became much more unconventional, with no legs or discernible back. In 1960 Panton was the designer of the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair. The Stacking chair or S chair, became his most famous and mass-produced design resulting organic shapes inspired by the human body requirements, the tongue.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire psychadelic environments. He also became a leading proponent in space age design – a lot of these futuristic visions are still popular today.