Verner Panton (1926-1998) was an inspirational and colourful personality. A unique person with a special sense of colours, shapes, light function and room.
Over the course of his career, Verner Panton (1926-1998) introduced a series of modern lamps with personalities unlike any of his Scandinavian contemporaries.
With a remarkable faith in the unlimited possibilities of the form, he worked successfully to create a new set of theories about how lighting should work and how it should influence its surrounding.
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.
In 1964 Panton contacted the lighting manufacturer J. Lüber AG in Switzerland about a lamp which he had designed that consisted of hundreds of small reflective discs.
The first prototype of this lamp was made using discs cut out of silver foil by his wife Marianne.
Lüber liked the concept but had reservations about the materials. Instead, to achieve a similar effect to silver foil, the discs were made from thin metal sheet (as used for the product today).
Shape or color?
Color, thought Panton.
Verner Panton always had something to say about color. For example, he always wore blue, with his shirt perhaps a lighter blue. That way everything matched everything. Also in terms of the signal value maybe.
What have we learned from Panton?
To be a little more courageous.
That perfect design is a combination of color, shape and material.
To look for design that is at peace with itself, which is individual and perfect, and which will endure.
“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.”