From Thomas Chippendale’s grand 18th-century designs, to a chair used at Charles II’s coronation and Peter Ghyczy’s futuristic Garden Egg, the V&A’s collection of chairs covers a huge variety of design styles and manufacturing techniques. Many of these can be explored in the Dr Susan Weber Furniture Gallery.
Video: How Was it Made? The Panton Chair
This video shows the making of a Panton Chair. The Panton stacking chair was designed in 1960 by Verner Panton. In 1967 the furniture company Vitra marketed a version in fibreglass. The more recent model shown here is made out of injection-moulded plastic. This film forms part of a collection of videos on furniture making techniques.
The Dr Susan Weber Gallery tells the story of furniture design and production spanning the past 600 years and displays more than 200 outstanding pieces, including chairs, tables, bureaux, stools, chests, cabinets and wardrobes. Designers such as Thomas Chippendale, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, Tom Dixon and Ron Arad sit alongside lesser-known names all selected for their superior techniques.