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TBT: Verner Panton

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Verner Panton can be consider one of the most influential Danish designers of the 20th century. Known for breaking the mold with his imaginative and futuristic designs, Panton was a pioneer for modern design. Using innovative materials like plastic in exotic colors, Panton left us with groundbreaking shapes and designs that are distinct and remain icons of the times. Today, Panton’s iconic modern furniture designs have made their home with brands like Vitra and Verpan. Let’s take a look: 

There’s no room for linear shapes here. Everything that Verner Paton designed is bold with its form alone. From the curved seat of the to the System 1-2-3 Lounge Chair to the curved legs of the Modular Table and Modular Chair, everything ebbs and flows in a futuristic flow.

A Panton classic, the C1 Swivel Chair came on to the scene in 1959. With its shell seat and swivel base, the design of this modern furniture piece is simple, comfortable, and remains timeless in the modern world.

A YLiving exclusive, the Wire Lamp is charged with a retro 70’s flare and adorned with an original, vintage yellow cap. You can seem Panton’s innovation for design embodied in the style and construction of this classic piece.

The Cone Chair was originally design in 1958 by Panton for a Danish restaurant. The shape of an inverted cone combines balance and poise with what appears to be futuristic geometry. Panton left his mark with the primary this chair’s modern design.

Panton took the challenge of everyday storage and made it sleek and modern. With the Barboy Table Trolley, he created a modular unit that allows you to conceal and wheel wherever and whenever you want. The cylinder itself is constructed from molded wood, an impressive feat when you consider the sleekness of form this unit has.

What started out as the only chair of its kind, the Panton Chair has become a modern furniture staple. Constructed out of a continuous piece of plastic in a shape that is distinctly Panton, this modern classic has a lacquered finish that remains synonymous of the times.

Want to see more modern furniture pieces from Verner Panton? Check out more of his designs from Vitra & Verpan.

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Torrey Crell

Torrey is a Merchandiser on the YLiving team whose affinity for online shopping pairs well with her years of experience in the ecommerce industry. Appropriately obsessed with fine home furnishings, her San Francisco apartment is curated with several mid-century styles. As a design enthusiast and a non-believer in diets, she loves few things more than an impressive gallery wall or solid breakfast sandwich.