In the early 1970s, Vernor Panton explored the idea of giving his iconic namesake chair a mirrored finish, but he eventually decided against the idea as the surface would be prone to scratching. Today, Vitra fulfills that dream by using a procedure that requires careful hand craftsmanship involving a metallization process that embeds metal particles into layers of varnish. This process results in a durable coating that can withstand movement when the chair is being used and is better protected against scratches.
Vitra will also be releasing the Panton Glow, a collaboration with Verner's wife, Marianne Panton. The chair undergoes a process that uses five layers of varnish that contains phosphorescent pigments and is then sealed onto the polyurethane shell with a high-gloss, protective coating.
The Panton Chrome will be available this March and the Panton Glow will follow in June.