Cloverleaf In- and Outdoor Sofa by Verner Panton

Cloverleaf In- and Outdoor Sofa by Verner Panton

During the post-war era when experimentation in architecture and design was at a high, Verner Panton was among the first in Denmark to bring new industrial materials and technologies into his studio, including plastic, synthetic textiles and foam, where he produced organic designs often saturated in colour.

Danish designer Verner Panton launched the Cloverleaf sofa in 1970, its Pop Art inspired form part of an undulating wall-to-wall Fantasy Landscape installed at the Visiona 2 exhibition in Cologne – and a radical shift from the traditional roots of Danish design. Today an international design icon, Cloverleaf has been adapted for the outdoors.

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.
— Verner Panton

Always interested in the way furniture could shape experience and encourage connection, for Cloverleaf Verner Panton selected a pentangular form which is open on one side and hollowed out at the centre to provide legroom. Like a meadow of meandering clover, the backrest is snake-like and provides a large number of niches for sitting and conversation. The three sculptural pieces of the puzzle – left, right and middle – allow Cloverleaf to grow.

It’s an awesome product, made exactly like the one Panton created... But it’s the shape and form that’s quite unusual — there’s no other product out there that will give you the same feeling.
— Peter Frandsen, Verpan
Cloverleaf's three pieces are designed to fit together, building up from two to six pieces and forming a fluid hexagonal shape that encourages multiple ways of lounging.

Cloverleaf's three pieces are designed to fit together, building up from two to six pieces and forming a fluid hexagonal shape that encourages multiple ways of lounging.

Now produced by Danish group Verpan, the latest addition 'Cloverleaf- in-and-Outdoor' is made in hardwearing plastic. True to Panton's vision for innovation, going inside the Verpan factory reveals the latest production techniques.

The Cloverleaf collection by Verner Panton is available at Space Furniture: Space Australia – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and Space Asia – Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

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