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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Verner Panton, Danish, 1926–1998
Manufacturer: Herman Miller, Inc., American, founded 1923

Stacking Chair

introduced in 1967

Orange ASA Terpolymer (molded glass fiber)

32 3/4 × 20 3/4 × 23 3/4 in. (83.2 × 52.7 × 60.3 cm)
Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.
Throughout the twentieth century, designers dreamed of mass-producing a chair that would require no assembly of any kind. This chair, which allows for stacking, was the first single-piece plastic chair. It resulted from a design process that took seven years (1960–67), and during which its creator, the Danish designer Verner Panton, overcame near insurmountable problems. The chair became an icon of Pop design.
Made in Zeeland, Michigan
On view
20th century

Gift of Herman Miller, Inc., Zeeland, Mich.


“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 85.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 296-297, no. 286, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.