Here’s an interesting article found on the blog of New York-based Danish Design Store, about the difference between the Panton Classic and the Panton chair:

“Why does the Panton Classic Chair cost over five times as much as the similar-looking Panton Chair?
The answer lies in the Panton Classic’s material, finish, and history.

Serial production of the Panton Chair began in 1967. The one-piece plastic chair was regarded as a sensation and received numerous awards. The Panton Chair is recognised as a classic of modern furniture design: one of the first models belongs to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Verner Panton designed the Classic Chair with a hard foam plastic shell that features vibrant colors in a high-gloss lacquered paint. Since it is a high-design piece, Panton Classic is only suitable for indoor use.

The Panton Chair, on the other hand, has only been in production since 1999, when Vitra engineered a method to replicate the flawless construction of the Classic using a less expensive material. The Panton Chair is constructed from a single mold of plastic in a matte finish. Vitra treated these chairs with a special additive to fight UV rays, which makes it suitable for outdoor use, as well.

To cut a long story short: Panton Classic = Verner’s original masterpiece; Panton Chair = affordable reproduction.”

Good to know, right?

Photos: Danish Design Store

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