Verner Panton (1926-1998) is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century furniture and interior designers. He was trained as an architectural engineer in Odense and after that he studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, graduating in 1951. Verner Panton is famous for his inspirational and colourful personality – a unique person with a special sense for colour, shape, light function and space.
During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant colors. Verner Panton also introduced a series of modern lamps with personalities unlike any of his Scandinavian contemporaries. With remarkable faith in the unlimited possibilities of form, he worked successfully to create a new set of theories about light function and influence. Verner Panton’s Panthella design, created in 1971, is one of the most popular by the artist. The basic light principle aimed to create a lamp in which the base as well as the shade would act as a reflector. The lamps light source is hidden under a milky-white, hemispheric acrylic shade and a white, trumpet-like base contributes to a beautiful distribution of light and a well balanced form. The table lamp boasts a shade that is slightly smaller to provide a more consistent design for table top placement. Several versions were produced during its early days, but Panthella with white shade and base is the only edition in production today. Thus Verner Panton comments on his designs: “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. By experimenting with lighting, colours, textiles and furniture and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to show new ways, to encourage people to use their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting”. Verner Panton had a very clear attitude regarding his work and regarding shape, colour and function. At the same time, he made conscious and brave use of different materials. His use of different materials often led to his contemporaries disparaging the “timelessness” of his design. The great interest in his design today proves the opposite. Verner Panton’s works are represented in numerous museums worldwide and for his designs he has been awarded several prestigious prizes.
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