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PROJECT DATA
TYPE FURNITURE, ROBOTIC FABRICATION
LOCATION UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY [UTS]
ADVANCED FABRICATION LABORATORY [AFL]
CLIENT SELF-INITIATED
DATE 2019
TEAM DAVE PIGRAM
IAIN MAXWELL
FRANZISKA BRANDENSTEIN
IMAGES DAVE PIGRAM
FRANZISKA BRANDENSTEIN

Panton Wireframe

Robotic Fabrication, Sydney, NSW, Au


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A robotic rod-bending homage to Verner Panton’s original 1967 masterpiece. 





The world’s first fully moulded plastic chair, the Panton Chair took advantage of new production techniques and materials to create a single surface structural shell as a form for seating.

Similarly invested in the relationship between innovative production techniques and form, the Wireframe Panton was fabricated via a custom-made robotically mounted rod-bender at the University of Technology Sydney’s [UTS] Advanced Fabrication Laboratory. This first prototype is intended as the forerunner to a version in reinforced concrete.

Special thanks to Franziska Brandenstein, our incredible German intern and specialist fabricator and to Gwyn Jones for fabricating the custom bending end-effector.


Front View 
The perimeter is formed with double rods that capture the ‘warp and weft’ rods that form the chair’s surface.
Rear View 
The material system has a strong influence on the chair’s form and presence.
The original chair was the first to be created from a single surface of incredible thinness.  Here the underlying geometry of that surface - its wireframe - is the only element materialised producing an alternative form of thinness.
Side View
The iconic silhouette of the Panton chair  is translated into a series of straight-line segments yet remains recognisable.  The varying effective depth of the shell - now gridshell - remains clearly evident in this profile view.
Rear View
Tectonic detail of the duplicated
(reinforced) chair edge
Side View
Tectonic detail