Like no other name, Verner Panton
stands for visionary
furniture design and a historic shift in colour and form. Ten years
after Panton’s last exhibition in Germany, the Danish Embassy is showing
a previously inaccessible collection of rare original furniture and
objects for the first time to a broad public. Also on view are young
Danish designers like Busk+Hertzog, Tine Mouritsen, Kvadrat and Hay
Furniture, demonstrating how great Panton’s influence has been on
Ranging from Panton’s early work such as
the Tivoli Chair (1955), his first serially manufactured chair that he
designed for the famous Copenhagen Tivoli Amusement Park, up to his late
work with the Panto Swing (1994), the main focus of the exhibition is
on rare and less well-known furniture and fabrics. In the exhibition,
Panton’s work is vividly contrasted with other influential works of
international furniture design. Furniture manufacturers such as Vitra,
Verpan, & tradition, and Grid Montana showcase re-editions of famous
Panton classics, demonstrating how timeless and modern this furniture
is even today.
Living Tower, Verner Panton © Vitra
With the exhibition, curator Ida Engholm
aims to show that Panton’s fame is not merely based on the success of
one or the other design “hit” like the famous S chair (the Panton
Chair), the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of
plastic, but on his extensive experimentation with colours and form.
exhibition is framed by a programme illuminating the influence of
design on modern society. Valuable prizes – including a flight to
Copenhagen with an overnight stay at a design hotel – can be won in a
quiz contest on Panton’s work.
An exhibition by the Royal Danish
Embassy in cooperation with Ida Engholm, Copenhagen Center for Design
Research. The exhibition includes loans from the Copenhagen Museum of
Industry Design and the Berlin private collector André Barss.