Panton studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) in Copenhagen, graduating in 1951. During the first two years of his career, 1950—1952, he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen, another Danish architect and furniture designer. He then started his own design and architectural office.
Like many iconoclasts, Verner Panton was rarely content with making a safe choice at the expense of his vision. During his career, his architectural plans included collapsible houses and chairs with no legs. In 1960 Panton was the designer of the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair. The Stacking chair or S chair, became his most famous and mass-produced design. Panton was an exciting and controversial figure in the 1960 world of design. What is not up for debate is the depth of his legacy. His psychedelic shapes have come to characterize the era and his playful designs only seem to improve with time.