He attends the Technical University of Odense.
Architectural studies at the Royal Academy of the Arts, Copenhagen.
Works for the renowned Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen
On a number of extensive trips through Europe
in a VW van converted to a mobile draughtsman's office he immerses himself in the international design world and establishes contacts with colleagues, manufacturers and dealers. The result is a large number of architectural projects and furniture designs.
The prestigious Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen launches the first series production of furniture by Panton, the Bachelor Chair
Fritz Hansen also produces the first series of the Tivoli Chair
Start of the cooperation with the Danish firms of Plus-Linje (Cone Chair series furniture), Unika Væv (textiles) and Louis Poulsen (lighting).
Panton presents his furniture, textiles and lamps in the legendary black book of the design magazine Mobilia and in the Pfister furniture showrooms in Zurich.
His move to Basle sees the beginning of his cooperation with Herman Miller/Vitra. Panton receives the International Design Award, USA (an award which he receives once more in 1986 and 1981).
He marries Marianne in Basle and his Shell Lamps
are shown for the first time at the Lüber stand at the Cologne Furniture Fair, where his Flying Chairs create a major sensation.
In the form of the S Chair
(Model 275) by Panton the first cantilever chair made of moulded plywood is produced by Thonet.
Design of the exhibition on the Dralon ship (later renamed Visiona 0
) for Bayer on the occasion of the Cologne Furniture Fair. The Flower Pot lamp is produced. Panton is awarded Italy's Eurodomus 2 prize. Design for the offices of the Spiegel publishing house. The Living Tower is presented at a joint exhibition with Charles Eames, Joe Colombo and others at the Louvre in Paris. Panton receives the Medal od Austria's Bauzentrum.
For the Spiegelverlagshaus
, which moved into the modernized premises in 1969 in Hamburg’s Ost-West Street, Panton designed the entrance area with courtyard and lobby, the canteen and the bar areas, the swimming pool for the employees in the basement of the building, the rooms for the editorial conferences and the lounges, as well as the colour schemes for the hallways of the administration or editorial highrise buildings.
Design of the Visiona 2
exhibition for Bayer on the occasion of the Cologne Furniture Fair, where the first Mira X collection is also on show.
Panton is awarded Germany's «Gute Form» prize.
Louis Poulsen launches the VP Europa
Panton receives Denmark's Møbelprisen. At the international Swiss Furniture Fair in Basle a special exhibition Pantorama
is presented in his honour.
Panton receives Germany's 'Deutsche Auswahl' prize five times.
The circus building in Copenhagen
is renovated on the basis of a colour design by Panton. He becomes a visiting professor at the Offenbach College of Design.
Panton receives Denmark's Sadolin-Farve prize and Germany's «Gute Form» award.
The Panton Chair is relaunched by Vitra, which is the occasion for famous designer colleagues to present their Hommage à Panton
Panton is awarded Denmark's Dansk Designgråd Årspris prize.
He receives Norway's design prize.
For Ikea he designs the Vilbert
Start of the collaboration with VS-Möbel
Panton receives a commission to design the Erco offices
For his life's work the Queen of Denmark awards Panton the knight's cross of the Dannebrog order. In the form of the Panto-Pop and the multi-functional Phantom furniture Innovation Randers produces modified re-editions of two designs originally developed for the Visiona 2 exhibition. On 5 September Panton dies in Copenhagen at the age of 72. Light and Colours
, the last exhibition to be designed by Panton, opens at the Trapholt Museum in Kolding on 17 September.
Verner Panton's extraordinarily comprehensive and diverse oeuvre, to which the Vitra Design Museum now dedicates an extensive Retrospektive
, is with justification regarded as a major contribution to the development of design in the second half of the twentieth century.