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&Tradition re-issues the Wire Stool by Verner Panton

'Part of the aesthetic appeal of the Wire Stool is its airy, almost transparent appearance'

The Wire Stool captures the essence of Verner Panton's fondness for geometric shapes, repeated patterns and use of wire as a visual conduit for his creations. Initially introduced in 1981, &Tradition's re-launch includes detachable cushions in four colours, for this light-weight, stackable stool that doubles as a side table.

Panton earned a reputation for avant-garde ideas that challenged preconceived notions as to the form and function of furniture. Although wood was the predominant material preferred by his contemporaries, Panton was eager to explore new, industrial materials that had yet to be incorporated into Danish design. Such was the case with steel wire.

While most often associated with his exploration into the material properties of plastic, wire was frequently Panton's material of choice as a starting point for his preliminary ideas, enabling him to envision designs that were previously impossible. In fact, wire was a reoccurring theme throughout Panton's prolific career.

Part of the aesthetic appeal of the Wire Stool is its airy, almost transparent appearance. Seen from above, the seat is crafted in concentric circles with a mesmerizing graphic effect. The physical lightness of the wires belies the stable construction and facilitates easy stackability of up to 12 stools. Once stacked, the optical effect is amplified in the repeated linear motif of the legs, affixed to the circular wire base.

'The Wire Stool was a personal favourite of my father,' adds Carin. 'He was drawn to its paradoxical nature – a design that combines airy transparency with structural integrity and aesthetic elegance. The harmonious effect it produced when stacked particularly captivated him, fuelling his continued exploration of steel wire designs.'

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