Verner Panton Plus-linje
Heart cone chair
Verner Panton, Danish, Heart cone chair, 1959, Aluminum, steel, plastic, and wool upholstery; 90.2 x 96.5 x 63.5 cm (35 1/2 x 38 x 25 inches), Museum Acquisition Fund 2002.23
Verner Panton was a master of 1960s futuristic Pop design. Unlike other Danish modernists, who relied on natural wood, Panton’s colorful work adopted new materials. In 1958, Panton created his distinctive bent sheet-metal legless cone chair, a departure from tradition that caused a sensation, found an investor, and went into production. RISD’s Heart cone chair features projecting wings, perhaps a humorous allusion to eighteenth-century wingback chairs. During the 1960s, he developed inflatable furniture and created a sleek stacking chair, the first produced from a single piece of molded plastic. Embracing forward-thinking forms, vibrant colors, and fantasy environments, Panton designed for a positive future.