Tivoli v's Montana28.07.2014
The Tivoli Gardens are situated in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Founder Georg Carlensen had told King Christian VIII that
“When people amuse themselves they do not think of politics”
He obtained a 5 year charter to create the gardens and The Monarch granted Carstensen the use of 15 acres of land for an annual rent.
In 1843 The Tivoli Gardens opened their doors and are now the second oldest amusement park in the world.
In 1955 Verner Panton was asked by Tivoli Gardens to create a chair for a restaurant in the park. This lead to the creation of VP’s 1st Chair.
A chrome plated steel tubing covered with peddigrohr (wicker) or plastic stringing.
The seat and backrest form a single unit as does the base frame with vertical bridges to connect the two pieces. The chairs were manufactured by Fritz Hansen.
In recent years, Joakin Lassen owner and designer for Montana, a design company in Denmark, rediscovered the design in 2003 and put it back into production and re-launched the ‘Tivoli Chair’ to the market in 2004.
When the chair was re-released the Tivoli Gardens wanted payment for the use of their name and Montana refused.
After many years of dispute and appeals, the Supreme Court recently ruled that Montana pay 2 million Kroner plus interest to the Tivoli Gardens for violating the theme parks trademark by naming one of their products the ‘Tivoli Chair’
Montana has now renamed the chair ‘Panton One’ and the design remains in production.