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above: HKS International turned the chair on its side, transforming it into a glacier, complete with Polar Bear
The modern classic iconic Panton chair , shown below, designed by Verner Panton just celebrated it's 50th anniversary.
In honor of the anniversary Vitra UK launched a national Panton Chair Competition and asked architects and designers to reinterpret the modern chair. Some treated is as art, others made it interactive. The winning design was an entry from Jump Studios and the 2nd and 3rd place winners were Ben Adams and Maris Interiors, respectively. Entries ran the gamut and included everything from Post-It note covered to Swarovski crystal studded versions.
Here are all the entries.
Winner, Jump Studios:
2nd Place Winner, Ben Adams:
Day 2 Interiors:
Foster & Partners:
3rd place winner, Maris Interiors:
Pascall & Watson:
Pret A Manger:
The Lollipop Shoppe:
HKS International's entry is shown at the top of this post.
All 31 entries were auctioned on 1st July 2010 and the proceedings of about £10,000 were passed onto Shelter.
The judge’s panel included:
TV presenter Kevin McCloud
Designer Terence Conran
all original photos (cropped for this post) by Nicole Bachmann © Vitra UK