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Verner Panton

Verner Panton

Designer

Danish Verner Panton (1926 - 1998) was one of Denmark's most versatile and innovative 20th-century designers. He studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and worked for Arne Jacobsen until 1955 when he founded his own studio which won national and international recognition. His visionary and challenging mindset often resulted in eye-catching and provocative use of colours and design. His most characteristic experiments had vivid and dominating colours which supported his vision that 'the world would be brighter without white'. In recent years, Panton has enjoyed a spectacular renaissance, and not least his S-shaped Panton Chair, which Panton developed from fibreglass into plastic in collaboration with furniture manufacturer Vitra, has made its way into numerous trendy clubs and restaurants and in homes. The Panton Chair has won several awards and is represented at museums all over the world. Its expressive shape makes it a true 20th-century design icon.