Vitra Panton Chair: The Perfect Desk Chair?

Vitra Panton Chair: The Perfect Desk Chair?

We spend a great deal of time at the computer — between two full time design jobs and our blogging gig here on AT, our behinds are glued to a desk chair for the majority of the day, everyday. So when we decided to graduate from using our laptops on the couch to a legitimate desk-chair-home-office the issue of "Which chair?" was a big one. We think we have found the perfect fit...

Note: Please forgive our unorganized cords, we're working on it.

Our "home office" is really just a corner in our dining room so, first, we chose a desk whose size was substantial enough to define the space but light and open enough not to overtake our dining table: Blu Dot's Desk 51 in white. Its a cantilever design which begged for a complimentary chair. But none of our spare chairs quite fit the criteria of being both (a.) comfortable over extended periods of time and (b.) aesthetically complimentary to our new cantilever desk. After much deliberation we settled on the Panton Chair.

We have loved Vitra's Panton Chair from afar and dreamed of having a dining table full of them but never, ever imagined using one as a desk chair. Not only does the cantilever design allow you to bounce lightly while working but the molded plastic form hugs you from calf to shoulder blade — a gentle, comfortable reminder for good posture.

If you're in the market for a desk chair and cringe at the thought of those black mesh, infinitely "customizable" wheelie office chairs, a quick trip to DWR might be worth your while to give Panton a test drive. We love how beautifully the 50-year-old form compliments the new Blu Dot design — a testament to the quality of both pieces.

Panton is available in white, blue or red at Design Within Reach for $260 plus shipping or Design Public for $245 with free shipping. In our opinion, it is worth every penny.

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