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Simple geometric shapes don’t often cause seismic shifts in furniture design. The bold Cone chair, conceived by mid-century Danish architect and designer Verner Panton (1926–98), however, brought about just such a transformation. After graduating from Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1951, Panton secured a mentorship in the office of renowned architect Arne Jacobsen. There, he contributed to the development of Jacobsen’s revolutionary Ant chair. Slender, lightweight and stackable, with a one-piece laminated-veneer seat that rested on three plastic legs, the 1952 design mirrored the elegant form of its insect namesake. The Ant chair had a significant effect on Panton, who went on to explore the possibilities of Plexiglas and synthetics, rather than working in the solid teak and oak that occupied his contemporaries.


The influence of Jacobsen’s work is also evident in Panton’s Cone chair, which he debuted at his father’s restaurant in southern Denmark in 1958, six years after leaving the architect’s office. The designer was revamping the eatery, and the chair — with its artful, pod-like shell set upon a stainless-steel swivel base and its comfortable seat upholstered in soft red fabric to comfort hungry diners — was a key element in his (typically radiant) overhauled interiors.


Panton’s renovation dazzled reporters and patrons, including entrepreneur Percy von Halling-Koch, who created a company to produce the Cone chair. Its unusual form — an inverted cone seeming to balance on its point — caused a sensation in Denmark and beyond. Displayed in a Manhattan store window, the chair incited such a furor on the city’s crowded streets that the police had the shop owners remove it from public view. Today, the Cone chair is manufactured by Swiss furniture company Vitra and continues to delight design connoisseurs.


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Verner Panton Cone Chair, Space Age Danish Modern Midcentury
By Plus-Linje, Verner Panton
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Verner Panton Manufacturer: Plus-Linje Era: 1958 Dimensions: 23? wide x 22? deep x 33? tall Seat: 17? wide x 16? deep x 19? tall Condition: Vinyl in ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Verner Panton Cone Chair in Red, Space Age Danish Modern Midcentury
By Verner Panton, Plus-Linje
Located in Berkeley, CA
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Aluminum

Verner Panton Cone Chair in Black #2, Space Age Danish Modern Midcentury
By Verner Panton, Plus-Linje
Located in Berkeley, CA
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Aluminum

Pair of Verner Panton Cone Chairs, Denmark, 1958
By Verner Panton
Located in Vienna, AT
A pair of Danish modern Cone chairs designed by Verner Panton (1926 - 1998) in 1958 and manufactured in mid-century, circa 1960. The chairs are in very good original condition with a...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Midcentury Verner Panton Swivel Cone Chair Made in Denmark, circa 1960s
By Verner Panton
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Midcentury Verner Panton swivel cone chair made in Denmark, circa 1960s. Newly upholstered Maharam Hallingdal fabric Dimensions: 23.5" D x 23" W x 33.25 H, seat height 19.75".
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Cone Chair by Verner Panton
By Fritz Hansen, Verner Panton
Located in Dallas, TX
Original condition, iconic swiveling cone shaped chair with four steel feet and black glides. Made by Fritz Hansen. Original vinyl upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Verner Panton Cone Chair in Purple Wool
By Verner Panton
Located in Berkeley, CA
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern

Materials

Wool

Pair of “K3 Cone 'Foot' Stools,” by Verner Panton, Model from 1958-1959
By Verner Panton
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of red covered "K3 Cone (foot) stools," 1958-1959 model, by Verner Panton (Denmark, 1926-1998). Rotating model, circular cushion. Was manufactured by Plus-Linje. Vitra edition...
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1990s Danish Stools

Materials

Steel

Brown Wool "Cone" Chairs by Verner Panton Produced by Fritz Hansen, 1958
By Verner Panton
Located in Geneva, CH
Original brown wool "Cone" chairs by Verner Panton produced by Fritz Hansen, Denmark circa 1960s Good vintage condition. Swivelling. 3 available Price per item.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Swivel Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Verner Panton Cone Chairs
By Verner Panton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Verner Panton cone chairs. Made by Frem Rojle, Denmark, 1958. Upholstery over steel, chrome-plated steel.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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

Materials

Steel

Unusual Verner Panton Cone Table in Rosewood
By Verner Panton
Located in Brooklyn/Toronto, Ontario
Very few of these unusual cocktail tables were ever created. Even fewer in Rosewood. This table was made by the firm Plus Ligne in 1959. Rosewood top with black vinyl covered...
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Modern Console Tables

Materials

Rosewood

Cone Chair by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton, Plus-Linje
Located in Highland, IN
A Classic Panton design, the cone chair is petite, sculptural, playful and surprisingly comfortable. This vintage example is newly upholstered in a brick red fabric with a nice weave.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Verner Panton Cone Chairs
By Verner Panton, Fritz Hansen
Located in Hudson, NY
Nice early pair of Panton's pop Classic. Original upholstery, one in navy one in purple for Fritz Hansen.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Swivel Chairs

Verner Panton Cone Chair
By Verner Panton
Located in Dallas, TX
'Cone Chair' designed 1957 by Verner Panton. Chair is early production in very good original condition with the original wool upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

1960s Verner Panton Cone Chairs, Denmark with Original Fabric
By Verner Panton
Located in San Diego, CA
Great pair of vintage Verner Panton cone chairs, circa 1960s. This pair of chairs are in very nice original condition. They have the original blue woven fabric with normal wear from ...
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Vintage 1960s Chairs

Verner Panton "Cone" Chair
By Verner Panton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Verner Panton "Cone" chair designed in 1958 and produced by Plus-Linje. NOTE: We have more if you want to make a set.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Blue Scandinavian Modern Cone Chair by Verner Panton Denmark 1958
By Verner Panton
Located in Vienna, AT
An iconic design piece ! Cone chair designed by Verner Panton, 1958 and executed by Gebr. Nehl, Germany. The cone swiveling body was made of steel and is fixed on a chromed steel ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of "K1 Cone Chairs" 1958 by Verner Panton
By Verner Panton
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of red covered “K1 Cone chairs”, 1958, by Verner PANTON (Danemark 1926-1998) Rotating model, circular cushion. Chromed steel cross base. Manuf. Plus-linje. Newly recovered...
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Chairs

Materials

Metal

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