Verner Panton

This week's featured designer is known for his special sense of colors, shapes, light function and room

Verner Panton (b. February 13th 1926 in Gamtofte, Funen - d. September 5th 1998 in Copenhagen) was a danish designer and one of the most trendsetting designers in 1960's Europe.

His most prominent work was put into furniture and lighting, experimenting with new shapes and strong colours, utilizing only the most groundbreaking materials and methods og production. Steel, plastic, and glass-fiber were some of his favourite materials.

Verner Panton studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen before going on to work at Arne Jacobsen’s architectural practice. Verner Panton set up his own design studio in 1955.

Verner Panton started by designing lamps for Louis Poulsen. The first lamp to be put into production was the Topan lamp in 1959, followed by the Moon lamp in 1960.

Colour was a huge factor in his designs, and he always had something to say about colour. He always wore blue, with his shirt perhaps a lighter blue. That way everything matched everything. Also in terms of the signal value maybe.

- Blue expresses relaxed sensibility, calmness and satisfaction, faithfulness; blue symbolises confidential friendship, love... Dark blue stands for depth, light blue for width. Goethe lets blue symbolise intelligence, Verner Panton said.
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