The collection
Three curvy plastic stacking chairs in different colors: black, white, and green.

Side Chairs

Designed by
Verner Panton (1926–1998)
Luran-S thermoplastic
Produced by
Vitra GmbH, Weil am Rhein, Germany, for Herman Miller International, New York, New York
83.7 x 49.5 x 56.6 cm (each)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, D87.200.1, gift of Luc d’Iberville-Moreau; D92.209.1; D93.136.1

Although Danish designers like Panton often used wood for furniture and objects, they also embraced the use of plastic as new technology became available. It took several years—from 1960 to 1967—to make the process of manufacturing this design possible, and the ability to cast a molded chair in one complete piece with no assembly required was an extraordinary opportunity for low-cost mass production.

Panton’s design is aesthetically breathtaking in its dramatic cantilevered, sculptural form. The molded chair was strong, stable, lightweight, stackable and available in six bold colors.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Giles Rivest.