Verner Panton couch remade in plastic

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The iconic Cloverleaf from 1967 has been given new, modern life

Usually, outdoor furniture should be made of either wood, steel or concrete to obtain an authentic Nordic look. But those days are over, says the director of Dan Hill Plast A/S, who just casted the classic Verner Panton Cloverleaf couch in polyethylene, a plastic material.

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- In the southern European countries, they have been making designer furniture in plastic for many years. In the northern countries, we tend to think that plastic is an awful material and not exclusive enough for designer brands, says Peder Madsen, director of Dan Hill Plast A/S.

With the new Verner Panton couch, he hopes to contribute to a change of attitude towards the use of plastic in even expensive designs.

- With plastic, one can create curves and details in the designs that improves the sitting comfort, even though the material is quite hard. So, plastic is a great alternative to the traditional materials, he says.

Made of modules
The Cloverleaf couch is a made up by a series of modules, casted one by one and later on put together.

In the casting process, dry polyethylene granulate is added directly into the aluminum molds and exposed to heat. As the polyethylene is melting, the molds rotate and distribute the liquid mass in an even layer inside the mold. After cooling down the module is finished.

- This method is quite slow, so it is useful in smaller productions up to 3000 units. It also allows us to cast in almost every shape and size, because it’s all about having the right mold, says Peder Madsen.

Design from 1967
Dan Hill A/S has cooperated with Verpan to ensure the original expression of the Cloverleaf couch.

- The original Cloverleaf was made in fabric, where it is easier to stretch and manipulate the shape of the furniture throughout the process. In plastic, the casting shapes it from the very beginning, and that can be a challenge for the initial design, says Peder Madsen.

He says that plastic has the advantage of being robust and easy to clean, which makes it suitable for outdoor use or public spaces with a lot of users.

The Cloverleaf couch can be seen at Skanderborg city hall, but is soon to be presented at other locations in Denmark as well.

More about: Dan Hill Plast | Verpan
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