Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) found designing fun, and its as if he never saw the limitations of the material. His inspired, imaginative designs made him unique and put him among the very best designers of the "Danish golden age". He was trained at a technical school in Odense, Denmark as an architectural engineer and then at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He worked in Arne Jacobsen's architectural office from 1950-52, and started his own design office in 1955. Because his chairs, even from the beginning, rarely had traditional legs, critics at the time suggested that they should be called 'seats' rather than try to imagine them as chairs. Panton's philosophy was that a set of furniture should interact within itself as "a kind of chair landscape, which refuses to be just functional."