In 1960, Verner Panton moved away from his native Denmark, where he had become a bit of an outsider among his Danish design contemporaries. (“You don't make yourself popular if you have other ideas,” he once said.) Traveling to Cannes and then settling in Basel, Switzerland, Panton developed an interest in easily moved furniture. His Barboy (1963) is a mobile bar with three storage compartments, a tabletop and smooth-rolling wheels. For access to what’s inside, the components swing out from an off-center pivot point. The bottom container is big enough for bottles, the middle is for glasses, and the small container is for corkscrews, napkins and other accessories. Comes with a certificate of authenticity, and Panton’s signature is stamped into the base. Licensed manufacture by Verpan ApS. Produced under license from the Verner Panton Estate, Basel, Switzerland. Made in Denmark.
Even if Verner Panton's creative output was reduced to the eponymous Panton Chair, his name would still be assured in the pantheon of modern design. With the Panton Chair, the first example of single-formed injection moulded plastic seating, Panton succeeded in creating one of the most daring and famous chair designs of the twentieth century.
Born on the island of Funen in Denmark, Panton came to design, like many of his colleagues, via the study of architecture at the Academy of Art in Copenhagen. After graduating, Panton landed an apprenticeship at the office of Arne Jacobsen, assigned to assist the master on the iconic "Ant" Chair. Although deeply influenced by the organic forms of Jacobsen and others typical of 1958. Panton first established himself at the forefront of avant-garde design with furniture based on extravagant, geometric forms and use of strong colors, such as the Cone Chair of 1958. Along with the Panton Chair, which was designed in the early 1960's, but was not put into production until 1967 due to its technical challenges, these designs cemented Verner Panton's reputation as a designer of an original and uncompromising approach. Read more >