Verner Panton studied at the renowned Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Upon finishing his schooling, he apprenticed at Arne Jacobsen’s architectural practice before establishing his own design studio in 1955. Although Panton was influenced by Jacobsen’s organic modern approach, he first established himself at the forefront of the avant-garde with furniture based on geometric forms and use of strong colors. Panton is regarded today as a major contributor to the development of modern design in the second half of the 20th century. The Mirror Throw (1973) is one of his most iconic graphic designs, originally conceived for the famous Visiona II fantasy environment that he created for the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1970. This plush merino wool throw features Verpan’s trademark geometric shapes in two hues that play off each other. Made in Lithuania.
Even if Verner Panton's creative output was reduced to the eponymous Panton Chair, his name would still be assured in the pantheon of modern design. With the Panton Chair, the first example of single-formed injection moulded plastic seating, Panton succeeded in creating one of the most daring and famous chair designs of the twentieth century.
Born on the island of Funen in Denmark, Panton came to design, like many of his colleagues, via the study of architecture at the Academy of Art in Copenhagen. After graduating, Panton landed an apprenticeship at the office of Arne Jacobsen, assigned to assist the master on the iconic "Ant" Chair. Although deeply influenced by the organic forms of Jacobsen and others typical of 1958. Panton first established himself at the forefront of avant-garde design with furniture based on extravagant, geometric forms and use of strong colors, such as the Cone Chair of 1958. Along with the Panton Chair, which was designed in the early 1960's, but was not put into production until 1967 due to its technical challenges, these designs cemented Verner Panton's reputation as a designer of an original and uncompromising approach. Read more >