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.
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.
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.