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The use of space infused with design fascinates me. A well designed space shows attitude and character. It sets the mood for our behaviour, interaction and thoughts.

Earlier in the year, I enjoyed the Come-in: Interior Design exhibit showcasing designs by 27 German artists all born in the 1960s and early 1970s. And when exhibits from the Verner Panton showcase arrived, I took some time off on a Thursday afternoon for a little "art furniture" tour.
"The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting" - Verner Panton
Verner Panton (1926-1998) was the most remarkable Danish innovative talent of 20th Century design and architecture. He envisioned a colourful and happy future. He was passionate about experimenting with new materials and production techniques for his furniture collection. Panton’s playfully optimistic faith in Pop and technology are visible in his design for lightings, textiles and furnitures.

The career of Verner Panton was highlighted by the Fantasy landscapes he created for Bayer in 1968 and 1970 (Dralon & Visiona II) that have now achieved cult status. Verner Panton was not obstructed by limitations that adults incur throughout life. Instead, he thought and created with the imaginary vision of a child, in bold beautiful colors and shapes.

It is so true when he says "One sits more comfortably on a colour one likes."

Interactive Visiona II exhibit - vividly coloured cave-like space for reclining

A classic Verner Panton Pantower

If you ever wondered about inflatable furniture, this is the guy that developed them - made from transparent plastic film in 1960.

The "total environment" for the Astoria Hotel at Trondheim in Norway where the walls, floors and ceilings were covered in an Op Art-inspired pattern in variations of the same colour. This was the precursor to the later, more fantastical "total environments" which Panton was to create at the Hamburg headquarters of Spiegel magazine in 1969

Swimming Pool at Spiegel Publishing House, Hamburg, Germany 1969

What I call "Banana Chairs"! Flying Chair, a playful piece of fantasy furniture, which was the hit of the 1964 Cologne Furniture Fair

1967 Panton Chair, the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of plastic. Sleek, sexy and a technical first, the Panton was the chair of the era.

Kid chairs came in a smaller size and in pastel colours! The chairs were surprising comfortable and sturdy, with a solid built molded on the curves.

The exhibition was small, but showcased the most important of Panton's works.

His designs fused creativity and usefulness, as seen in his 1-2-3 System Furniture; and really gets you thinking about adding that extra punch into your space.

More Verner Paton Exhibition 2009 Pictures


  1. oh wow...thanks for taking the time to do all these..i really enjoy looking at the pics..u really take good pics - nicely angled and very sharp siah! the camera..wat brand n model is it?

  2. The camera is the SONY V1. You can read more about it here: .

    No longer in the market for a while now. But it's still hard to find another camera comparable to it's size and performance these days...

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