At imm cologne 2018, more than 100,000 pieces of furniture and other furnishing items will be exhibited, around a third of which are new products. The over 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries expected at the event will not only display the latest colours and forms, but also reflect the trend for long-life materials such as marble and the enduring fascination with design classics. And imm cologne is a part of this history. In 1968, the Panton Chair – a revolutionary piece both in terms of design and manufacture – was presented to the public for the first time at the imm furnishing show in Cologne. Fifty years after the original’s presentation, Vitra is issuing two limited editions of the iconic classic in 2018 – and where else for the premiere but Cologne.
Verner Panton had always been fascinated by mirrored surfaces, and over the course of his career he consistently employed a range of mirror effects in his work. The Panton Chrome’s brilliant mirror effect is achieved through a metallisation embedded in several layers of paint. This complex paint system is flexible enough to accommodate the slight plasticity of the Panton Classic chair under loads, while also being robust enough to offer effective protection to the sensitive surface.
A seat? Or a bed? Why not both! A kind of 21st-century divan that offers one thing above all else: a supremely comfortable seat. This is provided by large cushions with a gentle crumpling effect on the outside and an abundance of materials such as down and quilted linings on the inside. Stuttgart design duo Jehs+Laub designed the multifunctional piece for Cor.
The innovative Airogel® cells in the upholstery in the Tyler seating arrangement and the Portland dining room collection by ADA are designed to provide enhanced seating comfort. They fit perfectly to the body’s contours and guarantee highly precise pressure release.