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Cone Chair

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Cone Chair
Occasionally, a design can stop traffic. Take for example Verner Panton’s cone chair. When it made its New York debut, the police ordered its removal from a shop window because it was attracting too much attention on the street. With the gravity-defying grace of a ballerina en pointe, the dark red upholstered, conical shell seems to balance on its tip, supported by a strong but slender stainless steel base. Panton’s 1958 design makes a comfortable club chair for a lounge or conference room. Made in Germany by Vitra, a manufacturer of iconic modern furnishings that’s widely represented in MoMA’s collection.

After exploring Europe in a VW bus-turned-mobile-office, Danish designer Verner Panton launched his independent (and stationary) architecture and design studio in 1955. The boldly geometric forms of his debut encouraged a proliferation of furnishing and lighting designs. Panton’s love of intense color and compelling patterns also defined his extensive line of textiles. He is perhaps best known for his gesamtkunstwerk interiors where furniture, lighting, textiles, and wall decorations were designed as a comprehensive whole. Examples include the Cologne Furniture Fair (1968 and 1970) and the Spiegel publishing headquarters in Hamburg (1969). Panton's collaboration with Vitra produced his best-known design, the Panton Chair, introduced in 1967. The chair was Vitra’s first independently developed design and is included in MoMA’s collection, along with three other examples of Panton’s work.
  • Designer
    Verner Panton
  • Size
    32.25h x 24.25w x 22.5"d
  • Materials
    Fiberglass, Plastic, Polyurethane
  • Year of Design
  • Origin