Danish designer Verner Panton’s work in the 1960s and ’70s sought to re-imagine how we use everyday furniture. He made use of bright colour, new materials and playful shapes to push the boundaries of design in a way that would earn him acknowledgement as a thought-leader in the industry. In fact, his use of colour and off-the-wall constructions defied the status quo, helping to drive the ‘anything goes’ era.
We love his Panton chair, a gravity-defying S-bend chair originally done in a plastic mould that to date is his most well-known design, as well as his zany furniture and house designs where he aimed to create entire environments, like the one below:
Shape, colour and light were the factors that truly influenced him. A quote on his own website offers some insight into the way he thought about colours:
‘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.’
Panton’s strong belief that anything was possible helped to push his designs into a realm beyond what others of his time were creating.
Watch this short video on Panton’s chairs, reproduced to this day by his company Verpan: