Verner Panton – The Collected Works

Through October 1 the AXA Gallery in New York, in cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum, will present a major exhibition on the work of Danish designer and architect Verner Panton (1926-1998).

The event creates an incredibly sensory atmosphere, presenting Panton’s boldly patterned fabric designs, futuristic furniture, colorful light fixtures and trademark molded plastic chairs. The Vitra Design Museum has assembled this large-scale retrospective as a compliment to Verner Panton’s extraordinary extensive and diverse body of work.

Panton became a designer via architectural training as there were no «schools of design» at the time of his education. Creating his works, he used to experiment both with form and colour, worked with newly developed materials and new industrial production techniques. He was an innovator by nature.

The affection of the artist for new production materials and his quest to rethink traditional design standards can be best seen in his most famous piece: the Panton Chair. This chair was shown to public in 1967, and marked its place in the history of design by becoming the first chair to be made in one piece, entirely from synthetic material.

Verner Panton is also world renowned for many of his inventions – flowerpot lamps, multileveled living towers, inflatable furniture and others. His interests were not limited to the design of single objects, but extended to the development of entire spaces.

Published in: on June 8, 2005 at 12:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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