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growsup out of the floor" f d"I want toesign VERNER PANtON was one of the most in- fluential designers of the 1960s and '70s. Born in Denmark, Panton relocated to Switzerland in the early 1960s. He became known for his original and imagi- native designs in the field s of furniture, lighting and textiles. Installations such as the legendary 'Visiona' exhibition demon- strated Panton's masterful use of colour, a hallmark of his work. "I want to design furniture that grows up out of the floor. To turn the furniture into something organic. Which never has four legs." Pushing materials to their limits was a passion of this Dan- ish architect and de- signer, who always approached design chal lenges in unconventional ways. Verner Panton, born 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark, studied at Odense Technical Col- lege before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as an architecture student. He worked from 1950-52 in the architec- tural firm of Arne Jacobsen, and founded an independent studio for architecture and design in 1955. His furniture designs for the firm Plus-linje attracted attention with their geometric forms. In the following years Panton created numerous designs for seating furniture and lighting. His passion for bright colours and geo- metric patterns manifested itself in an extensive range of textile designs. By fusing the elements of a room—floor, walls, ceil- ing, furnishings, lighting, textiles, wall panels urniture that Verner Panton, Architect and Designer made of enamel or plastic—into a unified gesamtkunstwerk, Panton's interior instal- lations have attained legendary status. The most famous examples are the "Visiona" ship installations for the Cologne Furniture Fair (1968 and 1970), the Spiegel publish- ing headquarters in Hamburg (1969) and the Varna restaurant in Aarhus (1970). Panton's collaboration with Vitra began in the early 1960s, when the firm decided to develop what became his best-known design, the Panton Chair, which was introduced in 1967. This was also the first independ- ently devel- oped product by Vitra.

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