10 Verner Panton Designs That Will Transport You Back to the '60s

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By Paige Alexus
When you think of Verner Panton, what initially comes to mind?

It’s most likely the iconic Panton Chair, that made history as the first single-formed injection-molded plastic seat. However, there’s so much more that he brought to the world, and everything he did was bursting with character and represented the changing times. 

A photo of Verner Panton from 1993.

A photo of Verner Panton from 1993.

When the psychedelic, Pop Art mentality was gaining speed in the 1960s, the Danish-born architect and designer became one of the leading influencers. While always pushing the boundaries of technology and utilizing new materials, he experimented with geometric forms and bold colors to create unique furnishings. Most notably, he crafted futuristic interior landscapes that were wild and imaginative, which included designing the walls and textiles, to the lighting and furnishings—all of which supported an easy-going, free lifestyle. 

One of Panton's creations is shown here with a close-up of the wall elements produced by Harlacher for Visiona 2 at the 1970 IMM Köln Möbelmesse / Cologne Furniture Fair.

One of Panton's creations is shown here with a close-up of the wall elements produced by Harlacher for Visiona 2 at the 1970 IMM Köln Möbelmesse / Cologne Furniture Fair.

 Below, we’ve gathered ten of our favorite Verner Panton pieces. Learn about their backstories and find out where you can purchase them today.  

Verpan VP Globe Pendant Light
Verpan VP Globe Pendant Light
Verpan's VP Globe Pendant is as much a work of art as it is a light source. The design was originally created by Verner Panton in 1969 out of a transparent acrylic. The interior of the light includes five hand-polished reflectors that are comprised of hollowed-out aluminum with lacquered finishes.
Louis Poulsen Panthella Floor Lamp
Louis Poulsen Panthella Floor Lamp
Verner Panton made an enduring name for himself, thanks to his unique sense of color, shape, and space. When he designed the Panthella Floor and Table lamps in 1971, he was looking to create a light where both the foot and the shade would act as light reflectors.
Verpan Barboy
Verpan Barboy
Designed by Verner Panton in 1963, Barboy came from the designer’s efforts to create flexible furniture for a variety of interior spaces. Made up of four cylindrical sections, the trolley is part side table, part container, and combines both form and function at every angle.
&Tradition VP6 Topan Pendant Light
&Tradition VP6 Topan Pendant Light
The painter-turned-architect Verner Panton slated himself as a visionary of the moment when he designed the hotel and restaurant Astoria in Trondheim, Norway in 1960.
Vitra Living Tower
Vitra Living Tower
Throughout the 1960s, a hot topic that was flourishing in the design world was the idea of the “domestic landscape.” As a leader in interior installations, Verner Panton became known for his use of bright color and geometric patterns.
Verpan Fun 0DM Pendant
Verpan Fun 0DM Pendant
Though Verner Panton is most notably known for his op-art environments and wild furniture pieces, he also created a number of lights that have become recognizable icons. In 1964, he designed the Fun Pendant Lamp series that brought a decorative dimension to modernism.
Vitra Miniature Panton Chairs
Vitra Miniature Panton Chairs
The Vitra Miniature Collection presents important modern furniture classics in a smaller size. Although more petite than the full-size originals, each part of the series is an exact 1:6 replica of the historical design, including the construction, materials, and colors.
Verpan Pantop Pendant
Verpan Pantop Pendant
The Pantop Pendant Light from Verpan is a bold ceiling light that provides warm, direct lighting, and is best utilized in a dining room or over a counter in an open kitchen. Defined by its distinctive bell shape, the Pantop provides a refreshing take on the limits of overhead lighting.
Verpan Moon Pendant
Verpan Moon Pendant
The Moon Pendant Light was designed by the seminal Danish 20th century designer Verner Panton in 1960 and is reproduced for today’s design enthusiast by Verpan. Poetic and sculptural, the Moon Pendant is a spherical lamp made from a series of metal lamellae.

What's your favorite design by Panton? Let us know and why in the comments!


Cover photo courtesy of Panton Design, Basel.