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Verner Panton’s Bond villain seating is back in production

The bent steel seating system is timeless as ever

Curving bench with light blue cushion Photo: Montana Furniture

In 1971, famed Danish designer Verner Panton created the Pantonova, a modern modular seating system designed for a restaurant in Aarhus, Denmark. The chairs sat low to the ground and were made from spokes of steel that were bent into a soft rounded form. Colorful textile cushions sat on top.

At the time, the seating system was famous for its ultra-modern shape and use of unconventional materials. But it was also famous for its starring role in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me as seating of choice for Bond villain Karl Stromberg.

Two chairs next to shelving and lamp Photo: Montana Furniture
Curving bench next to patterned rug Photo: Montana Furniture

Now, more than 40 years later, the Pantonova is coming back thanks to Danish brand Montana Furniture. The company is reissuing the Pantonova system in all its bent-steel glory.

As Dezeen reports, the brand is releasing three versions of the chair: the Linear, Convex, and Concave, all of which are slight variations on the curved form and can be combined into circular shapes.

The main update comes in the form of cushions, which will now be available in a choice of leather, velvet, and 14 shades of fabric.