Stacking Side Chair

Designer: Verner Panton (Danish, Gamtofte 1926–1998 Copenhagen)

Date: designed 1960, manufactured ca. 1973

Medium: Luran-S plastic (acrylate-styrene-acrylonitrile)

Dimensions: 32 5/8 x 19 x 21 3/4 in. (82.9 x 48.3 x 55.2 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Herman Miller, Inc., 1986

Accession Number: 1986.425

Rights and Reproduction: © Herman Miller Inc.


If new postwar technologies allowed for new aesthetics, Panton's chair must be seen as one of the most extraordinary examples. It marks the first instance in which both technique and material define appearance: injection-molded plastic allows for a single-material, single-form chair. Decorative effect is achieved through the sculptural quality and the use of vivid color (the plastic could be dyed almost any color). Easy to mass produce and inexpensive (the chair originally sold for $75), these stacking chairs typify the 1960s populist approach to furniture design.