VERNER PANTON (1926-1998) was a master of the fluid, futuristic style of 1960s design which introduced the Pop aesthetic to furniture and interiors. Born in Denmark, he made his name there before settling in Switzerland in the 1960s.
Having made his name as a visionary designer, Panton was given license to experiment. He developed the first inflatable furniture made from transparent plastic film in 1960 as well as a "total environment" for the Astoria Hotel at Trondheim in Norway where the walls, floors and ceilings were covered in an Op Art-inspired pattern in variations of the same colour. This was the precursor to the later, more fantastical "total environments" which Panton was to create at the Hamburg headquarters of Spiegel magazine in 1969, for the Visiona II exhibition at the 1970 Cologne Furniture Fair (the centre of which was a vividly coloured cave-like space for reclining) and for Gruner & Jahr's publishing offices in Hamburg in 1973.
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