The collection
Bright orange conical chair with a crisscross steel base.

Armchair, Cone

Designed by
Verner Panton (1926–1998)
Stainless steel, polyurethane foam, wool upholstery
Produced by
Plus-Linje, Denmark
80.7 x 57.2 x 60.4 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, gift of Mme Lilian Korman, D88.187.1

Originally designed for a Danish restaurant, the Cone chair looks as if it might topple over. Beneath its vibrant upholstery is a frame of stainless-steel wire supported by a sturdy cross-shaped swiveling metal base. Futuristic in form, these designs brought startling invention and often humor to Scandinavian interiors at mid-century, which seems surprising in view of Panton’s traditional schooling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

In 1955 he established his own architecture and design firm, which he moved to Switzerland in 1963. Recognized for his exploration of new technology and materials and for unconventional use of form and color, Panton became an international design celebrity.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.