Panton Classic Chair
One of the original single-form, injection-molded plastic chairs in 1960, the Vitra Panton chair is an intriguing shape with a cantilever base. Panton functions beautifully to brighten or add interest and excitement to the monochromatic corporate office. For indoor or outdoor use, this sculptural chair is stackable and even more effective in pairs or small groupings.
The extraordinary Panton Chair Classic's material is solid plastic shell made of hard foam, with a gorgeous glossy lacquer in black, red and white.
Vitra Panton Chair Classic
In the early sixties, the Danish Designer Verner Panton together with the Vitra Development Team, realized an idea which had preoccupied him for many years by producing a plastic chair from a single molding. In 1967, the Panton Chair went into mass production, it was immediately regarded as a sensation and won many awards. One of the first chairs is exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Today the Panton Chair belongs to the classics of modern furniture design.
Material: Plastic shell made of hard foam. Lacquered surface finish. Available in White, Black or Red.
“Sustainability is just like morals: one should live by them and not just talk about them. Our roots in modern design make the first step easy: we make products that avoid the superfluous and last for a very long time.”
— Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman of Vitra
The Vitra Company is a Swiss manufacturer of designer furniture originally founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum, the owner of a furniture shop in nearby Basel, Switzerland. In the 1950s, Vitra acquired licenses for the iconic designs of Charles and Ray Eames (e.g., the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman) and George Nelson (e.g., the Nelson Ball Clock), and has since been the European retailer of the works of many internationally renowned contemporary furniture designers such as Philippe Starck, Borek Sipek, Mario Bellini, Glen Oliver Low, Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio, Frank Gehry and many more.
With a stated goal of making designer goods more accessible to the general public, Vitra's product line consists of a wide range of designer furniture and the company's own designs for use in offices, homes and public areas. Never afraid to experiment with new and bold ideas, Vitra celebrated the 50th anniversary this year of the Panton chair by Danish designer Verner Panton . Not only was this cantilevered, stacking chair Vitra’s first independently developed product, but also the very first single-form injection-molded plastic chair made from a single section, a design that other companies for many years did not believe could be built.
More than just a design-oriented manufacturing company, Vitra also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, a collection of modern furniture and archives, for workshops and publications on topics of design, and for an architectural concept that unites buildings by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza and others at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden, Switzerland and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century, Vitra believes the manufacture of sustainable products means intense pre-production development, where the highest-grade materials are selected and tests are carried out that simulate 15 years of use. Product longevity is central to the company’s mission statement, and short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. Vitra has made it their mission to develop furniture and furnishing systems that stimulate, inspire and motivate, while also offering the body comfort, safety, and support.