Dezeen’s A-Zdvent calendar: Panton Chair by Verner Panton

This latest design is produced in dyed-through polypropylene, with a matte finish that comes in six different colours. Catch up with the list so far » Panton’s self-titled chair is curved to   follow the form of the sitter’s body, giving it the early name S Chair. It is still available with a glossy lacquer finish in black, red or white. Dezeen is publishing an A to Z of   iconic chairs to count down the days until Christmas. In 1970, the chair appeared in British fashion magazine Nova as part of a sequence illustrating “how to undress in front of your husband”. One of the earliest models features in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and editions are owned by London’s Design Museum, Berlin’s German Historical Museum and Copenhagen’s Danish Museum of Art and Design. Verner Panton’s sculptural seat has graced the cover of Vogue and was the first chair to be manufactured completely out of a single piece of plastic, according to its manufacturer Vitra. Designer Peter Jakubik carved the rough shape of the iconic chair into a tree trunk with a chainsaw in 2011 and design student Matthias Brandmaier spent three days in the woods creating a replica with similar tools and materials in 2013. The Danish designer first sketched his idea for a stackable chair in the 1950s, and an initial plaster-cast model was made by manufacturer Dansk Akrylteknik in 1960. They created a cold-pressed model using polyester strengthened with fibreglass, but the heavy material was later swapped for a lighter and cheaper thermoplastic polystyrene for mass production.

Updated: 17.12.2014 — 08:25