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VP Europa, Large Table Lamp, Verner Panton, Louis Poulsen, 1977, Extremely Rare

$7,053.22Asking Price

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VP Europa, large table lamp by Verner Panton in 1977 and produced by Louis Poulsen the following year, extremely rare opal and chrome table light. If you are looking for grade A, top-tier, rare, collectible Danish designer lighting, look no further! You won't come much closer than this. This is an extremely rare find, one of the most sought-after vintage lights - and a true collector’s item, with actual investment potential! An elegantly curved chrome-plated base with a very elaborate handblown glass shade resting on top. The organic glass shade is slightly domed and curves into a ring-shaped ridge underneath it self to fit on top of the heavy base. The top and the sides of the shade is opal, while the bottom parts of the shade are kept clear to gain optimal downward directed light without creating glare sideways or upwards. The mirroring blankness of the chrome combined with the delicate opal and clear handblown glass shade makes this an outrageously gorgeous table light, jaw-dropping beautiful, alight as well as idle. A masterpiece in every sense of the word! Verner Panton created the VP Europa lighting series in 1977, consisting of two pendants, two table lamps and a floor lamp, all with the same key element, the absolutely beautiful handblown glass shade. The VP Europa series was produced by Louis Poulsen from 1978 for some years. The version I have up for sale is the large table lamp, measuring 24.8" in height and 19.7" in diameter, an extremely rare version, not seen on the market very often and not in this near excellent vintage condition! An impressive light, that captures and commands your attention every time you ever see her! Condition: This VP Europa table lamp is in very good, near excellent vintage condition with minimal signs of usage and age. Please see the photos! All original with 2,50 m (8' 4.2") black plastic cord with on or off switch placed at convenient height at the cord and Euro style plug - which is easily changed to your specific plug. Tested and fully functional! Cleaned, labelled and packed in protective bag. Light source: One bulb, Edison screw-fitting (E27/E26) max 100 Watt.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Poulsen (Manufacturer),Verner Panton (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24.81 in. (63 cm)Diameter: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1977
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good, near excellent vintage condition, minimal signs of usage and age. Label underneath + near the bulb mount. Please see the photos!
  • Seller Location
    Frederiksberg, DK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #164391stDibs: LU209339377843

About the Designer

Verner Panton

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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