Vintage Verner Panton Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:34:20

Vintage Verner Panton Chairs are original pieces of furniture created by the Danish designer Verner Panton.

History & Description

Verner Panton was a Danish furniture and interior designer.

Considered to be one of the most influential twentieth century furniture designers to come out of Denmark, Verner Panton helped to distinguish the term Danish Modern furniture. Throughout his career, Panton produced futuristic and innovative designs that utilised new materials such as plastic in exotic and vibrant colours.

Panton furniture was the embodiment of the styles and designs that emerged from Scandinavia during the 1950s and 1960s and his work has remained as popular today as they were back then.

Towards the end of the 1950s Panton’s designs became increasingly unconventional and he produced chairs that had no distinguishable back supports or legs. His most famous and mass-produced design was the “Stacking” chair – more commonly referred to as the "S” chair - which was designed in 1960 and was the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair.

Guide for collectors

Despite going out of fashion from the 1970s until the early 1990s, today there is a huge demand for Panton furniture. During his career Panton produced a variety of different styles of chairs, such as the “Cone”, “Peacock” and “Panton” chairs. However, undoubtedly his most prized items are his “S” chairs.

Vintage Panton chairs regularly appear at both national and international auction houses. Furthermore, there are a number of online companies that sell vintage Panton chairs. A few examples include Vintage Seekers, Twentieth Century Antiques and Vitra.

Notable auction sales

On May 24th 2005 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a single “S” chair, Model No. 275, designed by Verner Panton, circa 1956, realised a price of $52,000.

On June 26th 2007 at Christie’s in London, a single “S” chair, Model No. 275, designed by Verner Panton, circa 1968, realised a price of £15,600.

On December 5th 2010 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a set of “S” chairs, Model No. 275, designed by Verner Panton, circa 1965, realised a price of $32,000.

On June 7th 2006 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a set of six “S” chairs, Model No. 275, designed by Verner Panton, circa 1965, realised a price of $30,000.

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