31 Customized Panton Chairs For Vitra In Honor Of The 50th Anniversary.

31 Customized Panton Chairs

The modern classic iconic Vitra Panton chair, designed by Verner Panton, just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary by creating 31 Customized Panton Chairs to be auctioned for charity.

31 Customized Panton Chairs

The iconic Panton Chair by Vernor Panton
The iconic Panton Chair by Vernor Panton

In honor of the anniversary Vitra launched a National Panton Chair Competition and asked architects and designers to reinterpret the modern chair. Some treated is as art, others made it interactive. The winning design was an entry from Jump Studios and the 2nd and 3rd place winners were Ben Adams and Maris Interiors, respectively.

Jump Studios Panton Chair design
Winner, Jump Studios

Entries ran the gamut and included everything from Post-It note covered to Swarovski crystal studded versions.

Here are ALL 31 Customized Panton Chairs!

Ben Adams Architects Panton Chair design
2nd Place Winner, Ben Adams
Maris Interiors
3rd place winner, Maris Interiors
by Aukett Fitzroy-Robinson
Day 2 Interiors
swarovski embellished panton chair
chromed panton chair by Foster & partners
Foster & Partners
HLW Architects
HOK International
Pascall & Watson
Inskip Jenkins
rolling stones panton chair by MCM architecture
MCM Architecture
Pret A Manger
Pringle Brandon
Schneider Designers
Scott Brownrigg
Sheppard Robson
Sketch Studios
Staffan Tollgard
The Lollipop Shoppe
Walker Martin
Woods Bagot
perforated panton chair by Yoo Design
Yoo Design
polar bear glacier panton chair
Shown at Top:: HKS International turned the chair on its side, transforming it into a glacier, complete with Polar Bear

All 31 entries were auctioned on 1st July 2010 and the proceeds of about £10,000 were passed onto Shelter.

The judge’s panel included:
Charles Saatchi
TV presenter Kevin McCloud
Designer Terence Conranall

original photos (cropped for this post) by Nicole Bachmann © Vitra UK