During Barcelona Design Week, Vitra pays tribute to Panton Chair: several designers from different fields will reveal their personal interpretation of the chair.
This iconic chair went into production in 1967 – as the first all-plastic cantilever chair to be manufactured in one piece. Created with a revolutionary production technique, the chair’s unique sculptural design was presented to the public for the first time at the imm Furniture Fair in Cologne in 1968. It rapidly came to symbolise an entire era.
From the 6 to 23 June, in Barcelona showroom Vitra is ready to celebrate Panton Chair 50 years after its launch. Almost all located in Barcelona the designers one can find are Sandra Rojo (photographer), Hey (graphic design studio), TAKK (architecture studio), Xavi Mañosa (potter) and Coco Dávez (illustrator).
Verner Panton spent many years thinking about how to produce a plastic chair moulded in one piece. A practically impossible challenge with the materials and production times of those years, this chair remained without a manufacturer until Vitra entered the stage. Known at the time as Fehlbaum, the firm worked in collaboration with Herman Miller in Basel.
In 2018, Vitra launched two limited editions of this iconic classic: Panton Chrome and Panton Glow at Imm Cologne from 15 to 21 January 2018.