Panton chairs in various bright colors, photo via designpublic.com
It has been 50 years since furniture designer Verner Panton introduced the floating shape of the first curved plastic chairs. Today the famous form is classic, the symbol of exciting and innovative contemporary furniture design in the 60s.
It was not always easy for Verner Panton and Vitra. They spent ten difficult years before this contemporary chair design idea got excepted, but the effort and time spent were not wasted. Verner Panton was rewarded for the famous and modern chair design.
Vitra, the contemporary furniture design studio, organized the Panton Chair Design contest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Panton Chair design concept. The company’s clients and fans of Verner Panton Chair design got invited to show their creativity and create their models of the famous plastic chairs.
Panton Chair design contest
Unique furniture design ideas
The contest criteria were to create something extravagant and unique, practically anything lifted and looked like Panton chairs. The judges of the Panton Chair Design contest were Terence Conran, Kevin McCloud, and Charles Saatchi.
Thirty-one original and surprising contemporary furniture design concepts appeared before the judges during the chair design contest.
Unique contemporary chairs looked impressive and showed fantastic design ideas, from modern chairs that are practical and functional to contemporary chairs that look like modern artworks.
Stunning, fascinating art installations with designer chairs showed an incredible display of contemporary furniture design ideas inspired by the classic Panton chair.
Panton Chair contest winner
The judges had difficulties choosing the best furniture design concept. However, the Panton Chair Design contest winner is the unique chair presented by Jump Studios, a design studio from London.
The Jump Chair design is a unique furniture design that blends the famous contemporary chairs with a creative expression. The unique furniture design consists of the plastic chair frame and hundreds of thin threads that form the original designer chairs’ shape, creating the familiar silhouette.
Terence Conran commented on the Jump chair design, saying that Panton would be proud of this contemporary furniture design concept. Kevin McCloud said that the Panton Chair Design contest winner attractively showed the sculptural beauty of the famous Panton chairs’ form.
Panton Chair installations
Modern design ideas, combined with classic chair shape, create innovative and thought-provoking contemporary chairs and give great inspiration for modern designers, artists, and interior decorators.
Contemporary chairs inspired by the classic design
Original wall hooks made with a white Panton chair
John Nouanesing, who did not participate in the competition, got inspired by its floating shape and added this famous chair to his original art installation. It is an unusual interpretation of interior decorating with old chairs. He created unique wall decor from wooden and plastic chairs and turned them into modern hooks for jackets.
Modern interior decorating with Panton chairs
by Ena Russ
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