A look into the incredible mind and works of designer Verner Panton

Verner Panton was born in February 1926 in Denmark.  Verner is considered one of Denmark’s most influential furniture and interior designers of the 20th Century.  He is responsible for using a variety of materials and vibrant colors to carry out his visions.  Plastic plays a strong role in many of his creations.  Most of his approach to style was very “60’s” based.  However, many of his designs are still produced and are relevant today.  He was originally trained as an architectural engineer at Odense, and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1951 with a degree in architecture.

Verner Panton

Shortly after graduating, Verner started his professional career with an established architectural practice.  After a few short years he realized that the constraints of an established firm restricted him from expressing his creative vision.  Upon leaving, he established his own design firm.  He began to make a name for himself with off the wall ideas such as The Collapsible House in 1955.  Through most of the 50’s Verner became very well know for his pioneering chair designs.  Many with only two legs, some with no back.  He began to push the limits of conventional wisdom in terms of furniture design.  In 1960 Verner became the first designer to create plastic injection mold chairs.

There were many projects that Verner was commissioned to create throughout his illustrious career.  We will now take a look at some of these projects.

In the early to mid seventies, at the yearly Copenhagen Furniture Fair, chemical company Bayer would rent a large boat and convert it into a temporary showroom for contemporary designers.  Verner was one of these designers….

From the end of the Sixties to the mid-Seventies the chemical company Bayer rented a pleasure boat during every Cologne furniture fair and had it transformed into a temporary showroom by a well-known contemporary designer. The main aim was to promote various synthetics products in connection with home furnishings. Verner Panton was commissioned no less than twice to design this exhibition, entitled ‘Visiona’. The 1970 ‘Visona 2’ exhibition showed the Fantasy Landscape which was created in this environment. The resulting room installation consisting of vibrant colours and organic forms is one of the principal highlights of Panton’s work. In terms of design history this installation is regarded as one of the major spatial designs of the second half of the twentieth century.

The creative fireworks which Panton lit with his studio within a preparation time of only a few months for ‘Visiona 2’ is expressed not only in the highly diversified room designs in the exhibition ship, but also in the wide range of furniture, lighting, wall coverings and textiles developed specially for this presentation. Some of these were adapted and went into series production later.

Below are highlights from the exhibit…..

VISIONA 2 ~ Phantasy Landscape. Furniture Fair Cologne 1970

VISIONA 2 ~ PHANTASY LANDSCAPE

VISIONA 2 ~ PHANTASY LANDSCAPE

VISIONA 2 ~ PHANTASY LANDSCAPE. Furniture Fair Cologne - 1970

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2

Visiona 2 Easy Chair

The next design that we take a look at is one that Verner was commissioned to create for the Varna Restaurant.

Varna restaurant, Arhus DK: 1971.  The architectural commission at the Varna restaurant in Arhus was for the interior design. Verner Panton took his inspiration here from the outside design of the building which shows in particular in the round corner columns of the building. Fabrics from Mira-X were used by Panton to focus on proportions and connections, and using colour and shapes gave each room its unique dynamics.

VARNA RESTAURANT 1971

Varna Restaurant 1971

Varna Restaurant 1971

Varna Restaurant 1971

Finally we look at designs that Verner created for a private residence.  Verner was commissioned to design the rooms of the Private House at Binningen from 1972-1987.

The rooms open to guests in this mansion were designed by Panton in such a way that they acted as a kind of showroom for his work. Particularly noticeable were the entrance hall with its ringed lamps, the dining room with a spectacular shell ceiling, and the large dining room. This was dominated by the Living Sculpture which today is part of the design collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

nterior view of the garden door at Verner Panton`s house in Binningen, Basel,CH

Entrance door at Panton`s private house in Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Entry at Panton`s private house in Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Dining room at Panton`s private house in Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Dining room at private house in Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Living room with "Wohnskulptur" at private house at Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Living room with "Wohnskulptur" at private house at Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Living room with "Wohnskulptur" at private house at Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Living room at Panton`s private house in Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

Living room at private house at Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

1st floor at private house at Basel Binningen, Rebgasse

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~ by thenoblevisions on February 12, 2010.

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