Born: 1926 - Died: 1998
Verner Panton was a Danish designer and one of the most trendsetting designers in the 1960s Europe. Panton studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the period of 1947-1951, where he was taught by Poul Henningsen, who inspired Panton in the field of product design. In 1950, Panton married Henningsen’s stepdaughter, Tove Kemp, but they got divorced soon after.
After graduating, he worked for one of Denmark’s greatest architects, Arne Jacobsen, for a couple of years, where he helped with the development of the famous chair, the Ant. Panton spent the following three years, exploring Europe in a VW collection inspiration. He returned and opened his own design studio in 1955.
Panton had close and important links with contemporary large Danish designers and architects. Besides Poul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen, Panton also had a friendship with designer and craftsman, Hans J. Wegner. However, they were different in their approach to design; Wegner was famous for his ability to modernize classic, Danish furniture design, among other teak chairs, where Panton passionate tried to create vivid colors and geometric shapes in plastic and other man-made materials.
Panton designed the Panton Chair in 1959, as a reaction against the traditional Scandinavian teak furniture. Inspired by a continuous s- curve, Panton created the world’s first single molded plastic chair. The following year, Panton designed the first inflatable seating elements in furniture history, made of transparent plastic.
He created the Fantasy landscapes for Bayer, for the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1968 and 1970 (Dralon & Visiona II). Both the design of the Visiona exhibitions and the renovation of the circus building in Copenhagen, in 1984, are examples of the visionary strength, Panton had in his room designs, where lighting, colors, fabrics and furniture were combined in a colorful, vibrant, magical world. Panton created his own palette of color, a spectrum of 84 shades, where he chooses parallel colors or tone sequences for furniture, walls and furnishings. Along with linear pattern structures, the color system formed the basis for his wide range of textiles, including the digital-like series Orbit.
He won several international awards throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but slowly the interest in his optimistic designs declined. In the mid-1990s, popularity for Panton’s colorful designs grew, and many of his designs from the 1960s were once again, put into production.
Among Verner Panton’s numerous internationally acclaimed designs, you will find the following: Bachelor chair (1955), Tivoli chair (1955), FlowerPot lights (1968), Topan lights (1969) and VP Globen (1969).
More information: www.verner-panton.com