If you have ever had to paint the walls of your house or been involved in any kind of printing, then the image below will be a very familiar sight.
Image: Pantone Chart
Pantone charts are incredibly useful, particularly in this day and age, when you may need to match color tones with someone you’re collaborating with overseas, and you cannot rely on words alone or on the veracity of computer screens. The avant-garde Scandinavian furniture designer Verner Panton is famous for inventing the Pantone color chart and the Panton Chair. He was famous for his colorful imagination and his sculptural approach to furniture design.
When he was young, Panton dreamed of becoming an artist. He had a wonderful imagination, but he didn’t have a natural talent for painting and drawing. After a two-year stint in the military, he went to Copenhagen to study architecture, and there he developed an interest in the study of how colors influence one’s psychological, emotional and physical states.
Images: Swim Pool, Orange Room
After graduating, he worked in an architecture and design firm, and was particularly interested in designing chairs. Here you can see a whimsical-looking sofa sculpture and the Panton Chair, whose sexy swirl became his signature.
Image: Sofa Sculpture, Panton Chair
They are quite different, but both display his trademark bravado in the use of color and form. Panton Chair design passed through many incarnations before arriving at this state. He first made it from laminated wood, as was traditional for Scandinavian furniture design at the time. Then plastic, laminated wood again and finally plastic reinforced with fiberglass. Panton is also known for the interiors he designed for hotels, restaurants and art exhibitions, some of which can be viewed below. They seem more like hallucinations than like physical spaces. These mind-boggling fantasy wonderlands are bursting with surprising and wacky colors, textures and shapes.
Image: Verhaus, Purple Room, Diabolik
[Photo credits: Cyclopeatron, chictip, SpyVibe]
Panton once stated: “The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination.”
Designer Verner Panton’s colorful imagination can be an inspiration to us all. Click on the video to take on a virtual tour of his 1970 artwork titled Visiona II.
[Video credit: AllCe lab]