An architect and a designer, Verner Panton was born in the village of Gamtofte on the Danish island of Funen in 1926. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and started his career at Arne Jacobsen's design studio before founding his own in 1955.
Panton is famous for his bubbly personality and unique ability to work with colour, space, and light. He was particularly fond of plastic and liked to construct items in boundary-pushing colours and shapes; a clear example of this is the world-famous Panton Chair, made of one solid piece of plastic. However, his design did not just try to cause controversy: it meant to open up the onlooker's mind for imagination and creativity.
Verner Panton and his work are an important part of Danish design history, with several of his iconic pieces now established classics found in homes across the world. His innovative way of working is still impressive to this day; he fully trusted the unlimited potential of the form, using it to bring out new theories regarding the way light functions. His Flowerpot, Panthella, and Globe lamps are shining examples of Panton's experimentation with light and space, seeking to let each luminaire be its very best. Today Verner Panton designs are sold under several brands, such as Vitra, Montana, Louis Poulsen, and &Tradition.