"I made furniture that could be raised and lowered in space so that one could have a different view of surroundings and a new angle on life." Verner Panton Verner Panton was a friend of both Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, yet his ideas and material experiments mark a radical shift from the Danish design tradition of timber craftsmanship. In the post-war era, he was among the first in Denmark to experiment with new industrial materials and technologies – plastic, synthetic textiles and foam, inflatable, knock-down and flat pack – producing designs that were saturated in colour and organically flowing.
Panton's ideas were informed by his interest in contemporary art, Pop Art being a significant influence. In 1970 Panton created Fantasy Landscape for the exhibition Visiona 2 at the Cologne Furniture Fair. Sponsored by Bayer, Verner Panton's installation was a wall-to-wall undulating 'landscape' in a space 8 metres x 6 metres x 2.4 metres. While well known for furniture classics including the Panton (the 20th century's first single-unit cantilevered chair made of molded plastic) and the Cone chair, Verner Panton was also one of the most creative lighting designers. The re-release of the VP Globe collection by Danish manufacturer Verpan in 2003 was the first step in bringing back some of the most important lights produced during the 1960s.
Over the past 10 years, Verpan has been adding to its Verner Panton lighting collection with furniture, rugs and accessories from the Panton archives. Highlights from the range include the modular Cloverleaf sofa, Mirror Sculptures, Panton table, Panton lounge and Panton dining chairs, as well as the Grande Rug series featuring geometric patterns from the textile range first produced in the mid-1970s in collaboration with Swiss textile firm Mira-X.
Go inside Verpan's Verner Panton showroom to see the ingenuity behind some of Panton's most important designs.