Verner Panton

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Verner Panton (1926 – 1998)

Een paar van Panthella vloerlampen

Wit opaal acryl, staal en kunststof

H: 121cm Dia: 50cm

Louis Poulsen, Denemarken, jaren 1970

De Panthella van Verner Panton, ontworpen in 1971, is één van zijn meest populaire designs. Zijn bedoeling was een lamp te creëren waarin zowel de de voet als de kap zouden dienen als reflector. De lichtbron is verborgen onder een melkwit, hemisferische acryl kap en een witte, trompet-achtige basis. Dit zorgt voor een mooie verdeling van het licht en een goed uitgebalanceerde vorm. De paddenstoelvormige kap is gemaakt van acryl, de voet van wit gelakt staal en plastiek. Verschillende versies werden geproduceerd in de beginjaren, maar de Panthella met witte kap en voet is de enige editie die vandaag nog in productie is.

 

Verner Panton

Verner Panton (1926 – 1998) is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colors. His style was very "1960s" but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century, Panton's most well-known furniture models are still in production (at Vitra, among others).

Panton studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. During the first two years of his career, 1950–1952, he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen, another Danish architect and furniture designer. Panton turned out to be an "enfant terrible" and he started his own design and architectural office. He became well known for his innovative architectural proposals. Near the end of the 1950s, his chair designs became much more unconventional, with no legs or discernible back. In 1960 Panton was the designer of the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair. The Stacking chair or S chair, became his most famous and mass-produced design resulting organic shapes inspired by the human body requirements, the tongue.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire environments: radical and psychedelic interiors that were an ensemble of his curved furniture, wall upholstering, textiles and lighting.

Additionally, Panton is well known for his innovative design work for Der Spiegel, a well-known German publication in Hamburg.