Amoeba Highback

Author: Bianca KILLMANN Posted in Furniture

Amoebe Highback from vitra, Design and idea 1969-1970 by Verner Panton.

Year: 1969/1970

While the backrest of the Amoeba ends below the shoulders, the organically seeming seat back of the Amoeba highback stretches above the head of the sitter. This special form of design creates a space in the space and at the same time peruades security. As part of the legendary Visiona 2-exhibition in 1970, Verner Panton arranged the Amoebas atmospherically in the ambience of countless Ring Lamp. The ameba, the protozoon with variable figure, was the inspiration source. An organically seeming plastic bowl, integrated in a foamed plastic upholstery, specifies the form. From 1970 the upholstered furniture company Hukla in Baden Gengenbach and the French company Airborne International in Montreuilsous-Bois made the Amoeba series, indeed, without plastic core. vitra makes the pieces of furniture as re-designs with even more comfortable back bowl since 2006 and 2008.


polyester, plastic foam, cover in nine colours


vitra, Switzerland


  1. avatar Christoph says:


    Toller Blog!

    Vielen Dank,

    PS: Im März 2010 öffnet das neue VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein seine Türen, mit unter anderem einer coolen Panton-Installation.