Verner Panton is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th century furniture and interior designers. During his career he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colours. His style was very '1960s' but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century; as of 2004, Panton's most well-known furniture models are still in production.
He studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) in Copenhagen, graduating in 1951. During the first two years of his career, 1950–1952, he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen and then started his own design and architectural office, becoming became well known for his innovative architectural proposals, including a collapsible house (1955), the Cardboard House and the Plastic House (1960).
Near the end of the 1950s his chair designs became much more unconventional, with no legs or discernible back. In 1960 he designed the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair, otherwise known as the 'S' chair, which became his most famous and mass-produced piece. He is also well known for his innovative design work for Der Spiegel, a well-known German publication in Hamburg.