Verner Panton

Denmark 1926 - 1998

Danish designer Verner Panton (1926-1998) is known for his colourful and playful designs in which he applied the latest techniques. His most famous design is the Panton chair, the first chair that consisted out of one piece and just one material. Panton studied at the Odense Tekniske Skole and the Kongelige Danske Art Academy in Copenhagen, where he graduated in architecture in 1951. For several years he worked together with Arne Jacobsen on experimental furniture designs before he started his own design and architectural firm in 1955. In 1962 he set up a design studio in Cannes, after which he moved to Basel where he collaborated with Willy Fehlbaum.