Author: Bianca KILLMANN Posted in Furniture

Vilbert Chair from Ikea, Design 1993 - 1994 by Verner Panton. Ikea Catalog Site 262, shows the then price.

Year: 1993/1994

In the middle of the 90s Verner Panton sketched Vilbert for the Swedish furniture house Ikea. The chair consisted of four MDF boards screwed together with each other. For only 150 Deutschmarks it was sold in two colour variations. At that time Ikea owner Ingvar Kamprad had the idea to bring in addition to the usual offer pieces of furniture created by famous designers exclusively for Ikea to the customer. Suitably to the enterprise philosophy they should be relatively cheap and with it affordable for everybody. Nevertheless, the edition was limited what increased, in addition, the desirability. About 3,000 VILBERT chairs were sold worldwide and were quick out of stock. From the 3rd of April to the 12th of July, 2009 one of it was exposed once more. Indeed, not in the furniture shop of the Swedish company but in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. For the new collection Ikea design was gathered and shown in the exhibition called Democratic Design. Under the motto ‘furniture for the mankind’ it was the first exhibition of the furniture giant in general in a museum. There of course Verner Panton and Vilbert might not be absent. By the way, probational sitting at that time not welcome.


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