The furniture whisperer
In the exhibition “Typecasting. An Assembly of Iconic, Forgotten and New Vitra Characters,” Robert Stadler lends furniture a voice. Let’s take a listen!
Verner Panton showed an ardent interest in innovative technologies, techniques and materials over the course of his lifetime. He worked with lighting, colour and luminous elements in many of his futuristic interiors. For his legendary 1970 installation ‘Visiona 2’, in particular, he developed walls and ceilings that appeared to glow from within as a result of their layout and colour scheme, giving the room a psychedelic look. With this in mind, Vitra has developed the new Panton Glow in consultation with Verner’s wife Marianne Panton. In an elaborate process, five layers of a varnish containing phosphorescent pigments are carefully applied by hand to the raw polyurethane shell of the Panton Classic and sealed with a high-gloss protective coating. The luminous pigments absorb daylight and emit a blue glow in the dark. The almost ghostly appearance of Panton Glow in the obscurity of night has a somewhat mystical aura and sheds new light – quite literally – on this iconic classic. The Panton Glow will be available in June 2018.
Both limited editions – Panton Chrome and Panton Glow – are not just striking eye-catchers that give
a unique expression to the chair’s sculptural qualities; they are also fully functional pieces of furniture
that meet all standard seating requirements.
|Seat finish||without upholstery|
|Width of seat||490 mm|
|Height of seat||415 mm|
|Depth of seat||455 mm|
|Base finish||column base|
|Backrest finish||with backrest|
without back padding
|Armrest finish||without armrests|
shades of blue