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Panton Stacking Side Chair

This is a Stacking side chair. It was designed by Verner Panton and manufactured by Vitra AG and produced by Herman Miller, Inc.. It is dated designed 1960, manufactured 1972 and we acquired it in 1977. Its medium is injection molded luran s thermoplastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Panton chair was the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of injection-molded plastic, its fluid organic shape made to fit the human form. Panton’s highly sculptural chair is a unified design: rather than being made of assembled parts, the S-curved body combines seat, back, and legs in a continuous molded form. The design eliminates the need for wood or metal supports. The concave base provides stability and takes advantage of the material’s lightness, while allowing the chair to nestle for stacking.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled New Material, New Form.

It is credited Gift of Robert Blaich.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 82.5 x 49.5 x 55cm (32 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 21 5/8in.)

It has the following markings

Molded on underside of seat: Manufacturer's logo: symbol and "herman miller" within rectangle; numbers "12, 1, 2, 3,...11" within a circle (similar to clock face), "1972" molded to left of the numbers "3, 4, 5, 6" within the circle.

Cite this object as

Panton Stacking Side Chair; Designed by Verner Panton (Danish, 1926–1998); Produced by Herman Miller Furniture Company (United States); Manufactured by Vitra AG (Switzerland); United States; injection molded luran s thermoplastic; H x W x D: 82.5 x 49.5 x 55cm (32 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 21 5/8in.); Gift of Robert Blaich; 1977-1-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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