Verner Panton, Switzerland, 1970
Danish design master Verner Panton experimented with several materials throughout his prolific career and is best known today for his plastic works. Indeed, the Spiral SP3 hanging lamp has its major components made of plastic, but their chrome finish simulates metal and matches the steel structural elements in the piece. The clusters of this original 1970 lamp follow the principle that moving spirals create moving light, which can change the feeling of an entire space. Panton’s interest in creating immersive environments led to projects like Visiona 2, commissioned by Bayer for the Cologne furniture fair in 1970. There, occupying a boat with different rooms and experiences, Panton reserved one entire section for his Spiral lamps to twinkle and shine....
The Spiral Lamp series is in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum and the Designmuseum Danmark.
Original "SP3" three-tier Spiral Lampen in silver foil.
Designed by Verner Panton for Luber, Switzerland, 1970.
87" H x 19" D
Verner Panton, Germany, 1965
S-chair, model 275. Designed 1956, this example manufactured ca. 1965. Manufactured by A. Sommer, Germany. Retailed by Thonet, Frankenberg, Germany. Aniline-dyed beech plywood...
Verner Panton, Denmark
Decorative wire cube....
Verner Panton, Denmark, circa 1970
Verner Panton. "Wonder Lamp, Type H" in metal and plastic. Denmark, circa 1970....
S-Chair, model 276. 1965....
Manufactured by August Sommer, Germany
Distributed by Thonet
Aniline-dyed bent plywood
Verner Panton’s S-Chair is famously the first cantilever chair to be made of one piece of…anything! Gerrit Rietveld laid the groundwork in the early 1930s with the Zig-Zag chair, and followed it with various experiments in the 1950s that anticipate Panton’s breakthrough. Panton originally designed this chair on paper in 1956, but it wasn’t actually realized until he collaborated with a German molded wood company starting in the early 1960s. The present chair, model 276, is the lesser-known, slightly rarer rounded variant of model 275 (of which we also own an example), which has a square backrest. It’s a surprisingly heavy chair, with approximately sixteen layers of glued and pressed plywood.
Verner Panton, Denmark
Decorative wire cube designed by Verner Panton....