b. Denmark (1926-1998)
Verner Panton is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. Well known for his innovative and futuristic designs, Panton liked to use a variety of materials, especially plastics, in vibrant and exotic colors. His unconventional ideas were influenced and shaped by his travels throughout Europe in a VW Bus, which brought him back to Denmark in 1958. One of these ideas eventually evolved into the iconic Heart Cone Chair, and in 1960 Panton designed the first single-form injection-molded plastic chair. With their 1960’s style and inclination toward mass production, many of Panton's most well-known furniture models are still in production. The Stacking chair or S chair, now simply referred to as the Panton chair, became his most famous design, and he is also known for radical and psychedelic interiors of his curved furniture, wall upholstering, textiles and lighting from the 1970s.