‘Wooden Panton’ chair by Matthias Brandmaier
Danish designer Verner Panton spent many years thinking about how to produce a plastic chair, moulded in one piece, that could be mass-produced and was stackable. Designer Matthias Brandmaier has created a one-of-a-kind homage to the now classic Panton chair, in wood, cut from a single beech trunk – with a chainsaw.
'Chairs without Legs' guest exhibition at the Bauhaus Archive Berlin; photo by Rainer Viertlböck
Originally developed in tubular steel by a Dutch architect and furniture designer Mart Stam in the 1920s, soon after its invention cantilever chair has found itself the centre of attention, inspiration and reinterpretation among some of the most prominent Bauhaus figures such as Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Later, in 1960s, Verner Panton has popularised the form by creating the now-iconic, curvilinear ‘Panton’ chair which, at the time, was the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of plastic. Since then, the ‘chair without legs’ has been revisited and refashioned innumerable amount of times by designers from across the globe. Now, to celebrate the history and undeniable adaptability of cantilever chair, Munich’s International Design Museum has organised a special guest exhibition which opened earlier last week (21 March) at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. (more…)
the fibreglass 'Formula chair' by Eero Aarnio for ADELTA, 1998
In the visual arts the term ‘plastic’ is used for any form of creation involving a medium that can be sculpted or moulded, but it is also the term for a type of material that revolutionised the twentieth century. The name of no other material describes so clearly the inherent property which makes plastic so unique – the ease with which it can be shaped.
Using a number of plastic chairs as an example Architonic outlines the metamorphosis of this item of furniture which more than any other is deeply involved in cultural history, charting how its design idiom and technology have changed in recent decades. (by Susanne Fritz)
read Susanne Fritz’s article on Architonic