Intrigued by its capabilities, Danish architect and designer Verner Panton conducted pioneering experiments with plastic. In 1960, he created a prototype of the Panton Chair, the first chair to be crafted from a single piece of material and using one mold. The chair entered mass production in polyurethane foam in 1968, but Panton and Vitra continued to modify the material to assuage production issues. Today, the chair’s sinuous cantilevered design is molded out of polypropylene. The durable, matte-finished material makes it suitable for both indoors and outdoors. With bold coloring and sculptural curves, the Panton Chair has striking effect both as an occasional chair or as part of a set—and its shape makes it easy to stack when not in use.
Photo: John Clark