Verner Panton C1 Chairfor VitraInitiated in 1958, Verner Panton's collaboration with the company Plus-linje played a decisive role in his international career. He worked with the Danish company to develop an extensive furniture collection, marked on one hand by a sensation-provoking formal extravagance, and on the other by the use of novel materials such as steel wire, acrylic glass or plastic film.
A defining characteristic of the Plus-linje furniture is the application of basic geometric forms. This is already evident in the very first model from the collection, the Cone Chair, which was developed as a cone placed point-down. Designed in 1959, the C1 easy chair was also originally part of the Plus-linje collection. Instead of a cone, Panton resorted to a spherical form with this model. The roughly semi-spherical seating shell of the C1 chair is lined with foam on the inner surface and covered with fabric. To give comfortable support to the back and arms, Panton tipped the swivel mounted shell slightly forward on a base that could not be any simpler. It consists of a vertical section of steel tubing and the foot cross in stainless steel already familiar from the other models of the Plus-linje collection.
The C1 is conceived as a light and handy easy chair with a clear formal vocabulary that fits in many different types of interiors and also cuts a good figure in lobbies, meeting rooms and hotel rooms.