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Verner Panton, Heart Cone Chair, 1959, Museum Acquisition Fund

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Verner Panton Plus-linje

Heart Cone Chair

Verner Panton, designer
Danish, 1926-1998
Plus-linje, manufacturer
Danish, 1959-
1959
Heart Cone Chair
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.


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