The Surprising Classic Chair That Can Work With Any Decor Style

updated May 3, 2019
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Classic chairs are usually called that for a reason — they made an impact on history and their designs have endured. But not all classic chairs are made the same (literally or figuratively) or fit with every style of home decor. The shapely Panton Chair featured in this post does, surprising, despite its statement-making modern outline. See how this famous chair looks fabulous in these six differently designed dining rooms, from glam to minimal and more. And find out where you can snag a few for your own home!

First, a little history:

“Long before the ghost chair, there was the Panton Chair — the very first chair ever to be made from a single, continuous piece of material. Since its introduction in 1967, the chair has been in continuous production. Over the years, four different versions of the chair have been produced from four different kinds of plastic. Originally made in fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin, which was then painted in various colors, the chair is now made from colored polypropylene. (The so-called ‘third series’ of the chair, made from painted rigid polyurethane foam, is still available, marketed as the “Panton Chair Classic”.) “ Read more about this classic chair → Modern Classics: Verner Panton Chairs


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In Rory’s Vibrant Urban Jungle Paradise in Downtown LA, two pairs of pink Panton-style chairs surround a contemporary glass dining table. This look works because the pink is so bold; the rest of his space sports plenty of scene-stealing looks, so having this bright hue in the middle of the space makes sense. And the curves match the home’s glamorous vibes.


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There’s a lot going on in Lauren’s Bold Chicago Apartment, but it all works thanks to her talent of mixing disparate pieces into a cohesive, eclectically styled space. Her tricks: She keeps the color palette to a few hues and different elements are connected visually with the color black.


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In Esther & Álvaro’s Bright, Book-Filled Spanish Home, big white walls are the canvas for uncomplicated furnishings and a lot of books. These simple, streamlined chairs — without any hardware or unnecessary adornments — complement the rest of the space.


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If you read the history of this chair above, you know that it was an industrial first. Which makes it the ideal dining chair in Ashley’s Soft Industrial Artist Loft.

Retro Mod:

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Of course this classic chair would look great in a mid-century modern styled home; consider the decade it debuted! Its futuristic, space-age look goes great with the retro vibes in this Collector’s Hollywood Bachelor Pad.


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Just like these Panton chairs look great in the modern Spanish home example above, they also work in a minimally styled space, as well. They pack a lot of personality despite being made of only one material, which makes them a statement-making design choice in an area where there aren’t a lot of other elements, like this Open, Eclectic Modern Oakland Loft.

Ready to buy your own?

→ The Panton Chair, designed by Verner Panton, produced by Vitra, is available from Design Within Reach for $310.

→ You can find a Edgemod Verner Panton Style Plastic Stackable Dining Chair from Wayfair for $83

Like the style of a modern, plastic dining chair look but are looking for something in a more affordable price range? Check out this post → The Affordable Dining Chair That Works With Any Style