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Vitra Verner Panton Cone Chair

Verner Panton (Denmark, 1926–98)

Verner Panton introduced the word “groovy” — or at least its Danish equivalent — into the Scandinavian-modern design lexicon. He developed fantastical, futuristic forms and embraced bright colors and new materials such as plastic, fabric-covered polyurethane foam and steel-wire framing. And Panton’s ebullient Pop art sensibility made him an international design star of the 1960s and ’70s. This radical departure from classic Danish modernism, however, actually stemmed from his training under the greats of that design style.


Born on the largely rural Danish island of Funen, Panton studied architecture and engineering at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where the lighting designer Poul Henningsen was one of his teachers. After graduating, in 1951, Panton worked in the architectural office of Arne Jacobsen, and he became a close friend of Hans Wegner's. Henningsen taught a scientific approach to design; Jacobsen was forever researching new materials; and Wegner, the leader in modern furniture design using traditional woodworking and joinery, encouraged experimental form. Panton opened his own design office in 1955, issuing tubular-steel chairs with woven seating. His iconoclastic aesthetic was announced with his 1958 Cone chair, modified a year later as the Heart chair. Made of upholstered sheet metal and with a conical base in place of legs, the design shocked visitors to a Copenhagen furniture fair. 


Panton went on to successive bravura technical feats. His curving, stackable 1960 Panton chair, his most popular design, was the first chair to be made from a single piece of molded plastic. Three years later, he introduced the S model, the first legless chair crafted from a single piece of plywood, cantilevered on a round metal base. Panton would spend the latter 1960s and early ’70s developing all-encompassing room environments composed of sinuous and fluid-formed modular seating made of foam and metal wire. He also created a series of remarkable lighting designs, most notably his Fun chandeliers — introduced in 1964 and composed of scores of shimmering capiz-shell disks — and the space-age VP Globe pendant light of 1969. As you will see from the offerings on these pages, Panton’s designs are made to stand out and put an eye-catching exclamation point on even the most modern decor.


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Verner Panton Organe Cone Chair
By Vitra, Verner Panton
Located in Vienna, AT
Verner Panton 'Cone Chair'. Completely covered in orange 'Tonus' woolen fabric, satin-brushed stainless steel base. Designed 1959. Produced by Vitra in Switzerland. Minimal signs of...
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1990s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

  • Verner Panton Organe Cone Chair
  • Verner Panton Organe Cone Chair
  • Verner Panton Organe Cone Chair
  • Verner Panton Organe Cone Chair
H 32.68 in. W 22.45 in. D 24.41 in.
Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
By Vitra, Verner Panton
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Elegant and beautiful cone heart chair by Verner Panton. Very good original condition with swivel base and Kvadrat dark blue wool upholstery. Signed with manufacture label.
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Vintage 1950s German Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
H 35.04 in. W 40.16 in. D 29.93 in.
Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
By Vitra, Verner Panton
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Elegant and beautiful cone heart chair by Verner Panton. Excellent original condition with swivel base and Kvadrat black wool upholstery. Signed with manufacture label. Free shipp...
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Vintage 1950s German Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
  • Verner Panton Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
H 35.04 in. W 40.16 in. D 29.93 in.
Verner Panton Black Cone Heart Chair by Vitra, Germany
By Vitra, Verner Panton
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Elegant and beautiful cone heart chair by Verner Panton. Excellent original condition with swivel base and Kvadrat black wool upholstery. Signed with manufacture label. Free shipp...
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Vintage 1950s German Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Cone Chair by Verner Panton, Vitra Design Museum
By Verner Panton
Located in Denton, MD
The "futuristic" Cone chair was the first in a series of designs in 1958 by Verner Panton using a cone shaped base, followed by additional chairs (most notably the Heart Shaped Cone ...
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

  • Cone Chair by Verner Panton, Vitra Design Museum
  • Cone Chair by Verner Panton, Vitra Design Museum
  • Cone Chair by Verner Panton, Vitra Design Museum
  • Cone Chair by Verner Panton, Vitra Design Museum
H 32.25 in. W 24.25 in. D 22.5 in.
"Heart Cone" Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra
By Verner Panton
Located in Stockholm, SE
"Heart cone" easy chair designed by Verner Panton. Designed for the K series and also known as the K3 the Heart cone was designed in 1959. This example later original production by V...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

  • "Heart Cone" Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra
  • "Heart Cone" Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra
  • "Heart Cone" Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra
  • "Heart Cone" Chair by Verner Panton for Vitra
H 35.04 in. W 40.56 in. D 24.61 in.
Pair of Heart Cone Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton
By Vitra, Verner Panton
Located in Oslo, NO
Playful and refreshing pair of lounge chairs on a steel frame and original upholstery. Designed by Verner Panton 1960 in and contemporary manufactured by Vitra. Both chairs are in go...
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1990s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

  • Pair of Heart Cone Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton
  • Pair of Heart Cone Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton
  • Pair of Heart Cone Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton
  • Pair of Heart Cone Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton
H 35.44 in. W 40.56 in. D 24.81 in.