The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue. It was also the first of its kind and took years to be able to be manufactured, made as it is from a single, seamless piece of plastic. Panton was said to have derived inspiration for the sinuous, stackable chair from plastic buckets. Its pop art fluid look is visually arresting, with or without the presence of Kate Moss. The chair is a pop culture icon. In 1970, even before Kate Moss cemented the chair’s sex appeal, British magazine Nova featured the chair prominently under the headline ‘How to Undress in Front of Your Husband’.
Panton’s enthusiastic, daring style combining colors and high-tech materials invokes the ‘60s look. His furniture was also Stanley Kubrick’s choice in his film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Panton had originally wanted to be an artist but his father’s objection to this led him to pursue architecture instead. Before enrolling in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, he worked as a bricklayer. After, he became an apprentice to architect-designer Arne Jacobsen of whom he said “I have never learned as much from anyone as I did from Arne Jacobsen.” Panton travelled Europe with architect Hans Ove Barfod in a VW camper van that was outfitted with a drawing office to look for commissions.
Panton is also known for his Fun Shell Lamps (1964; Pearlyn Table Lamp) which utilize natural mother of pearl sea shells that come together in an appealing interplay of light and sound.
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.