Panton / 50

Customised Panton chair / Jump Studios, 2010

This post is a little belated but people keep asking me about it so here are some images and info on the project. To celebrate the Panton chair’s 50th anniversary, Vitra asked several architecture & interiors studios to customise a chair of their own – with no restrictions. We at Jump took up the challenge and really wanted to do something to celebrate the iconic form of the chair, to emphasise its distinct shape and outline. We didn’t want to just draw on it or treat the surface in some clichéd way.

So with help from Millenium Models, we cut away about 95% of the body of the chair, and then drilled a series of holes around the outside. 300m of fishing wire was then threaded between the holes, creating a really delicate structure in the centre, reminiscent of a Hepworth sculpture.

Anyway, out of the 31 entries, Jump were awarded first prize from a judging panel of Charles Saatchi, Terence Conran and Kevin McCloud. Nice.

The chair, along with all the other entries, was then auctioned to raise money for Shelter.

Photography by me. No you can’t sit on it.

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