Her husband made design history – primarily due to a single piece of furniture. On the 50th anniversary of its inception, Marianne Panton looks back on their life together and the creation of the Panton Chair. This portrait by Jochen Overbeck was first published in Icon magazine.What a delightful laugh Marianne Panton has! Exuberant, friendly, self-confident. She spent 36 years at the side of the great Verner Panton, and now she is sitting in the lounge of the Vitra furniture company in Weil am Rhein. Marianne Panton, her husband’s lifelong advisor and manager, enjoys spending time on the Vitra Campus. Many pieces created by Verner Panton, who died in 1998, are housed in the Schaudepot – the visible storage facility of the Vitra Design Museum, which also holds a large part of his estate. From the bright colours and curves of the Flowerpot Lamp to the tapered shape of the Cone Chair to the vibrant interior of the Spiegel canteen, his designs have gone down in history. The Panton Chair remains unsurpassed as an icon of Sixties design. Fifty years after its initial launch, Vitra is now issuing two special editions: Panton Chrome (with a mirrored chrome surface) and Panton Glow (with a fluorescent finish). A good moment to reflect on the past with Marianne Panton.