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Verner Panton

Denmark (1926–1998)

Verner Panton started out as a painter before study­ing archi­tec­ture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copen­hagen. After an appren­tice­ship with architect/​designer Arne Jacob­sen, Panton pursued a path in furni­ture and inte­rior design, where he became famous for his avant-garde designs. Such as chairs with no legs and a sofa placed verti­cally against the wall. In the 60s and 70s, his passion for design­ing entire envi­ron­ments led to immer­sive inte­ri­ors featur­ing his hypnotic patterns and futur­is­tic designs for furni­ture, light­ing, wall­pa­pers, posters, and rugs.

Panton’s pioneer­ing use of mate­ri­als, colors, and shapes earned him a repu­ta­tion as a vision­ary. In recog­ni­tion of his life­time achieve­ment, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Dannebrog Order in 1998 by the Queen of Denmark.

The Flower Pot Lamp became emblem­atic of the Flower Power peace move­ment during the 60s. With its range of vivid colors, it is just as synony­mous with moder­nity now as it was when launched in 1968.

Designs by Verner Panton (3)