13 December 2013
Nature makes all the parts of an organism grow together, a bit at a time. In contrast, the machine rapidly produces separate pieces that then have to be assembled. But what happens if a chair is created in a single piece, and by a machine? Many people have dreamed of being able to design like this, of producing from a machine, as if by magic, a concrete, tangible version of their vision. In the second half of the sixties, thanks to innovations in technology and materials, the dream became a reality. Three designers created three chairs made from a single piece of plastic: Joe Colombo designed his Universale, Vico Magistretti his Selene and Verner Panton his Panton Chair. The sinuous curve of the latter almost makes it look like the product of a sculptor’s imagination, rather than the rational thinking of a designer. But the Panton Chair possesses the perfect functionality required by design: easily maintained, stackable and ergonomic. Manufacturer: Vitra.