As one of the most versatile contemporary industrial designers, Danish architect Verner Panton designed a wide range of products, including furniture, lighting, and textiles. Trained in Copenhagen, Panton worked with well-known architect and designer Arne Jacobsen from 1950 to 1952 before establishing his own architectural and design firm in 1955. Originally based in Denmark, then in France, the firm has been located in Binningen, Switzerland since 1963.
Recognized particularly for his chairs, Panton has persistently explored the idea of the single-piece seating unit. Two of his most important contributions in this vein have been his one-piece molded stacking chair of 1960 [[1989.74](https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/4047468/)] and this cone chair from 1958. Unlike the plastic chair which is fluid in its outline, the cone chair uses a "solid" geometric shape for its form. Another version of the chair substitutes a steel-wire mesh in place of fabric.
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