S-Chair, model 276. 1965.
Manufactured by August Sommer, Germany
Distributed by Thonet
Aniline-dyed bent plywood
Verner Panton’s S-Chair is famously the first cantilever chair to be made of one piece of…anything! Gerrit Rietveld laid the groundwork in the early 1930s with the Zig-Zag chair, and followed it with various experiments in the 1950s that anticipate Panton’s breakthrough. Panton originally designed this chair on paper in 1956, but it wasn’t actually realized until he collaborated with a German molded wood company starting in the early 1960s. The present chair, model 276, is the lesser-known, slightly rarer rounded variant of model 275 (of which we also own an example), which has a square backrest. It’s a surprisingly heavy chair, with approximately sixteen layers of glued and pressed plywood.
19.5" L x 18.25" W x 32.5" H / 49.5cm L x 46.4cm W x 82.6cm H