Largely recognized for his furniture and lighting, Verner Panton also designed textiles for the Swiss firm Mira-X. The motif of this large circular floor covering was taken from his "Grande" textile, a graceful piece of work consisting of circles and curves on a viscose and polyester gauze. To create this textile, Panton used a "burnt-out" process (or dévoré), which allowed him to use the structure of the material to enhance its printed design." At school, when we had to paint something, I always tried to do things in a different way," wrote Panton. "I have always tried to find other ways, and have simply not been able to refrain. It has also been a handicap; it is easier to do what the others want. You don't make yourself popular if you have other ideas." The Panton Rug (1975) comes with a certificate of authenticity, and Panton's signature appears on the reverse side of the rug. Licensed manufacture by Verpan ApS. Produced under license from the Verner Panton Estate Basel, Switzerland. Made in India.
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 >