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Verner Panton

Danish, 1926-1998

Verner Panton introduced the word “groovy” — or at least its Danish equivalent — into the Scandinavian modern design lexicon. He developed fantastical, futuristic forms and embraced bright colors and new materials such as plastic, fabric-covered polyurethane foam and steel-wire framing. And Panton’s ebullient Pop art sensibility made him an international design star of the 1960s and ’70s. This radical departure from classic Danish modernism, however, actually stemmed from his training under the greats of that design style.

Born on the largely rural Danish island of Funen, Panton studied architecture and engineering at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where the lighting designer Poul Henningsen was one of his teachers. After graduating, in 1951, Panton worked in the architectural office of Arne Jacobsen, and he became a close friend of Hans Wegner's.

Henningsen taught a scientific approach to design; Jacobsen was forever researching new materials; and Wegner, the leader in modern furniture design using traditional woodworking and joinery, encouraged experimental form. Panton opened his own design office in 1955, issuing tubular steel chairs with woven seating. His iconoclastic aesthetic was announced with his 1958 Cone chair, modified a year later as the Heart Cone chair. Made of upholstered sheet metal and with a conical base in place of legs, the design shocked visitors to a Copenhagen furniture fair. 

Panton went on to successive bravura technical feats. His curving, stackable 1960 Panton chair, his most popular design, was the first chair to be made from a single piece of molded plastic. Three years later, he introduced the S model, the first legless chair crafted from a single piece of plywood, cantilevered on a round metal base. Panton would spend the latter 1960s and early ’70s developing all-encompassing room environments composed of sinuous and fluid-formed modular seating made of foam and metal wire. He also created a series of remarkable lighting designs, most notably his Fun chandeliers — introduced in 1964 and composed of scores of shimmering capiz-shell disks — and the Space Age VP Globe pendant light of 1969.

As you will see from the offerings on 1stDibs, Verner Panton’s designs are made to stand out and put an eye-catching exclamation point on even the most modern decor.

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Panthella Table Lamp
Panthella Table Lamp
Panton Chair
Panton Chair
Cone Chair
Cone Chair
VP Globe Pendant Light
VP Globe Pendant Light
Maharam Pillow, Unisol by Verner Panton
By Maharam, Verner Panton
Located in New York, NY
Maharam pillow Unisol by Verner Panton 001 black/white Created by Verner Panton in 1965, Unisol is a graphic pattern featuring rows of black ellipses on a white round. The ellipses ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Verner Panton

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Cotton, Polyester

Verner Panton Opal Glass "New Wave" Pendant for Holmegaard, 1984
By Holmegaard, Verner Panton
Located in Vordingborg, DK
Mouth-blown opal glass "New Wave" pendant, designed in 1984 by Verner Panton for Holmegaard. Comes in original box. Light source: G9, 230V, 40W. Can be changed to E27 socket.
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Late 20th Century Danish Space Age Verner Panton

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Opaline Glass

Rare Verner Panton Chrome Base and Grey Shade Panthella Table Lamp
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Vienna, AT
A large iconic table or side mushroom lamp, designed in 1971 by the Danish designer Verner Panton, executed by Louis Poulsen. This is one of the rare first early 1970s chrome edition...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Verner Panton

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Chrome

Verner Panton Curtain Panel, Tapestry, Fabric by Mira-X Collection, 1960s
By Mira-X, Verner Panton
Located in Clivio, Varese
Powerful original curtain panel designed by Verner Panton during 1969-1971. 100% cotton material, Mira-X Collection., Made in Switzerland. The curtain is custom made directly from t...
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1970s Swiss Space Age Vintage Verner Panton

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Fabric, Cotton

1971, Verner Panton Original Advert Poster Opart Design
By Verner Panton
Located in Perpignan, FR
Very rare poster advert for textile Mira-X designed by Verner Panton 60 x 90 cm - Silver paper With frame (Purple) Part serie of 5 units differents , see other announcements or c...
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1970s French Space Age Vintage Verner Panton

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Wood, Paper

Large Group of Verner Panton S Chairs for Vitra
By Verner Panton, Vitra
Located in London, London
S chair by Verner Panton For Vitra World's first chair to be made from a single sheet of plastic Dyed through polypropylene Matte finish Indoor or outdoor use.
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Verner Panton

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Plastic

  • Large Group of Verner Panton S Chairs for Vitra
  • Large Group of Verner Panton S Chairs for Vitra
  • Large Group of Verner Panton S Chairs for Vitra
  • Large Group of Verner Panton S Chairs for Vitra
H 32.68 in. W 19.69 in. D 24.02 in.
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in Orange for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in orange for Louis Poulsen. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shaped lam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Verner Panton

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Steel, Aluminum

Verner Panton 'Panthella 320' Table Lamp in Chrome for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton 'Panthella 320' table lamp in chrome for Louis Poulsen. The medium sized Panthella 320 table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shape...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Verner Panton

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

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Verner Panton furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Verner Panton furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Verner Panton furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 262 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there are also 109 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Verner Panton were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Niels Otto Møller, Kai Kristiansen and Johannes Andersen. Prices for Verner Panton furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $99 and tops out at $32,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,264 on average.