Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on February 1st, 2004, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Cozy. That would be a nice way to describe the funkalicious (!) interior spaces designed by Verner Panton of Denmark. Perhaps no other designer captured the ’60s zeitgeist better with everything from the simple and elegant Panton chair to the Phantasy Landscape psychedlic lounge.

Trained as an architect, he preferred to create integrated environments. Few things held such horror, Panton once said, as striding into a room to find a sofa, two chairs and a coffee table. Fighting that traditional grouping, he designed furniture such as the Living Tower, a massive foam rectangle within which five people sat in a horizontal stack, each facing the knees of the next person higher.

Panton also used foam extensively in creating interior landscapes swirling with curved shapes, most offering little indication of which body part was meant to rest against them. Often these pieces were designed as modules, meant to be rearranged as the situation demanded. In short, Panton aimed to short-circuit the scripts of social interaction by flooding people with new sensations.

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