Stacking Side Chair

Designer Verner Panton Danish

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If technological advances in the postwar years allowed for the development of new aesthetics, Panton's chair must be seen as one of the most extraordinary examples. It marks the first instance in which both technique and material define appearance: injection-molded plastic allows for a single-material, single-form chair. The decorative effect is achieved through the sculptural quality and the use of vivid color—the plastic could be dyed almost any shade. Easy to mass-produce and inexpensive (the chair originally sold for $75), these stacking chairs typify the 1960s populist approach to furniture design.

Stacking Side Chair, Verner Panton (Danish, Gamtofte 1926–1998 Copenhagen), Luran-S plastic (acrylate-styrene-acrylonitrile)

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