Verner Panton – putting pop psychedelia into interior design

The Danish designer Verner Panton (1926–1998) was responsible for some of the most innovative interior and furniture design of the last century. Striking organic forms, often produced in highly glossy materials and with bold, vibrant colours had a futuristically psychedelic feel. The one-piece molded Panton chair, designed in 1960 became an instant design classic and is still in production now.

The cocoon-like Visiona 2 environment was conceived as a Fantasy Landscape for the chemical company Bayer at the 1970 Cologne Furniture Fair. Installed on a boat, this became one of the defining items of Panton’s work. His interiors were hugely influential on a bunch of late sixties & early seventies movies such as Danger Diabolik, The 10th Victim, and The Final Programme; the molded plastic fittings and furniture clearly inspired the design of Gerry Anderson’s TV shows UFO and Space: 1999.

You can read more about two of the films above on the excellent blog SpyVibe.

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