Verner Panton, born 13 February 1926 in Gamtofte, Fyn, died 5 September 1998 in Copenhagen. Was a Danish designer and one of the most influential designers in 1960s Europe. He was also a resistance fighter.
His main efforts were in furniture, lighting and room design, where he experimented with new shapes and strong colors and utilizing the latest new materials and production methods. Steel, plastic, and fiberglass were some of his favorite materials.
He was educated at Odense Technical School and at the Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture 1947-51 and has since been active in Denmark, but especially abroad. He lived in Switzerland for the last many years. Panton was an employee of architect Arne Jacobsen 1950-52, was on study trips in European countries 1952-55 and opened his own design studio in 1955.
During the occupation, he was a resistance fighter in a military group in Bogense, which i.a. performed the dangerous work of receiving dropped weapons.
Among other things, he is known for the Panton Chair, the Panton chair that became the first free-swing chair made of one piece of plastic; a revolutionary thought and technique of the time. The chair is still produced, however, in an updated version of polypropylene which is not environmentally harmful to the same degree as fiberglass / fiber-reinforced plastic.