"The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination."
Famed designer Verner Panton (1926-1998) was an inspirational and colorful personality — a unique person with a special sense of colors, shapes, light function, and room.
Verner was born in the village of Gamtofte on the island of Funen in 1926. He originally wanted to be an artist, but his father was against this so, as a compromise, Verner decided to become an architect and train at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. However, before commencing his architectural training he started his working life as a bricklayer. In 1951 he qualified as an architect.
He worked for a time at Arne Jacobsen’s architectural practice before setting up his own design studio in 1955. His first lamp to be put into production was the Topan lamp in 1959, followed by the Moon lamp in 1960. Over the course of his career, Verner introduced a series of modern lamps with personalities unlike any of his Scandinavian contemporaries.
With a remarkable faith in the unlimited possibilities of the form, he worked successfully to create a new set of theories about how lighting should work and how it should influence its surrounding.
"The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination, ” he said. “Most people spend their lives living in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colors. By experimenting with lighting, colors, textiles and furniture and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to show new ways, to encourage people to use their phantasy imagination and make their surroundings more exciting".