1926-1998

Verner Panton

Verner Panton was a unique person with a colourful personality. He had a special sense of the interplay between colour, shape and lighting a room. He introduced a new series of modern lamps and furniture to the Scandinavian design scene of the 1950ʼs and 60ʼs. Rooted in the functionalism of the fifties he developed new theories around how lighting could work to influence its surroundings. He used extravagant forms, intense colours and was interested in the design of whole spaces, not just individual objects. Panton was a contributor to the development of sleek new styles reflecting the “Space Age” of the 1960s which became known as Pop Art. He studied architecture at the Danish Royal Academy of fine arts before going to work for design great Arne Jacobsen. Panton left Arne Jacobsenʼs studio and went on a three year study tour of Europe.Using his converted VW van as a mobile draughtsmanʼs office he immersed himself in the international design world and established relationships with new colleagues, manufactures and dealers. In 1955 Panton set up his own design studio. Panton loved bold colour, he believed colour exerted a powerful influence and that good design must be a combination of colour, shape and material. He always wore blue in varying shades. He said;

“Blue expresses relaxed sensibility, calmness and satisfaction, faithfulness; blue symbolises confidential friendship, love… Dark blue stands for depth, light blue for width. Goethe lets blue symbolise intelligence.”

Panton was bold and innovative in his approach, his stunning designs are creative, experimental and extravagant.

VP Globe

Verner Panton’s stunning globe lamp was designed in 1969. The decorative pendant casts a calming, diffused light from its central rim which suspends five internal, aluminium reflectors suspended by three steel chains and surrounded by crystal clear acrylic. The red reflector on the bottom and blue reflector at the top make the VP Globe shine even in broad daylight. A design masterpiece both technically and aesthetically, the large Globes are stunning pieces. They are still in production today and are produced as designed, in two large sizes of 50cm diameter or 40cm.

"The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination. Most people spend their lives living in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colours."

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Verner Panton

The Panton Chair / The S Chair

Verner Panton’s gravity defying chair is one of his most famous pieces. Originally designed in the 1950’s and developed for over a decade, it came into production in 1968 . Its considered to be one of the masterpieces of Danish design.  It was the worlds first single unit cantilevered chair made of moulded plastic. Panton was fascinated with the potential of plastic, a new material at the time. He took inspiration from German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ’s idea of a stackable chair and according to Panton, a ‘neatly stacked pile of plastic buckets’. His vision was an item of furniture in which the back, seat and legs were made of one continuous piece, a comfortable chair that could be used anywhere.

The Panton Chair is regarded as a classic of modern furniture design.  One of the earliest models is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Like many of Pantons designs, was at the time a space age design is now considered a masterpiece. The original manufacturer Vitra continues to produce the Panton Chair

 

The Flowerpot Lamp

The Verner Panton Flowerpot VP Lamp was named after the happy days of Flower Power. Designed in 1969, the Flowerpot light is a genuine design icon. Its playful form and pop sensibility capture the spirit of the sixties. The Pendent lamps shades are a simple design made of two intersecting half-circle shades, one small and one large. They are made of deep drawn steel land acquered in bold block colours. Bright and cheerful they cast a gentle light. The flowerpot comes as a small pendent lamp VP1 and large pendent lamp VP2 or two variations of a desk lamp VP3 and VP4.

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