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Verner Panton

Verner Panton, born in 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark, attended the Technical School in Odense and subsequently studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. From 1950-52 he worked in Arne Jacobsen's architecture firm and founded his own architecture and design studio in 1955. Verner Panton caused furore at first with his geometric furniture made by "Plus-linje".

In the following years he created numerous chairs and lamps for renowned manufacturers such as Vitra, Fritz Hansen and Louis Poulsen. Until his death in 1998, Verner Panton worked as a designer with the Dane today possessing legend status. Many of Verner Panton's designs are today produced under the label Verpan. Unlike most other Scandinavian designers, Panton didn't subscribe to the principle of evolution in design, but rather revolution. The Dane wanted to challenge his fellow people to use imagination. He did exactly that with his designs: Panton loved to experiment with colours, materials and production techniques - simply developing on things tried and true wasn't something for him.

Owing to this philosophy, many contemporaries criticised Panton's designs as not being "timeless". However, the opposite is proven by the fact that Panton's design still fascinates today and that there is undiminished interest in his products. His sense of colour, light, shape and space makes Verner Panton stand out from the masses.

Often Panton combined the creative possibilities of these individual elements to create impressive installations: Panton's room designs are legendary for aiming to melt down floors, walls, ceilings, furniture, lamps, textiles and enamel/plastic wall panels into a complete and integral unit.The "Visiona" exhibition for the Cologne Furniture Fair (1968 and 1970), the Spiegel press building (1969) and the restaurant "Varna" in Aarhus (1970) are just some of the most famous examples of this.

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