Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant colours. His style was very “1960s” but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century; as of 2004, Panton’s most well-known furniture models are still in production. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire environments: radical and psychedelic interiors that were an ensemble of his curved furniture, wall upholstering, textiles and lighting. One of his most famous works are his Flower Pot lamps which is what we will take a look at today.
When a light fitting looks as cutting edge today as it did over 35 years ago, you know it’s a safe bet to stay in style for many more years. And that certainly applies to the Verner Panton Flower Pot lamp. It first hit the market in 1969, with a name allegedly derived from the hippy flower power movement, but there are no flowers here – just a simple overlapping shade in coloured aluminium or plain polished metal that went on to sell in droves and revolutionize the way we use lamps.
Whether on or off, these elegant lamps where not designed to be ignored, reminiscent of the spaceships that featured frequently in movies a decade previous, the Flower Pots where thought of a effervescent glimpses of the future- and to a degree, they where as they are now more popular than ever!
Available in a wide variety of colours they can be purchased to suite the colour scheme of any room. The defining colour of the retro movement however has to be orange, and for anybody wanting to maintain some authenticity this is the only colour. Although effective on their own, the best and most popular way of incorporating the Flower Pot into an interior scheme is by grouping them in clusters. This enables you to really customize the effect of your lighting. Mixing up the colours and hanging the lights at various heights is one particularly effective option and again relates back to that space age look as it takes on the look of vividly coloured galaxy of planets all randomly spinning on their own axis. Of course the random hanging of lamps can be tempered by choosing just one colour. A bunch of bright red Flower Pots, casting a warm glow over a classically decorated room is very art nouveau, creating an exciting mish mash of styles.
The very gentle, softly curving nature of the Flower Pot lamp can be given structure when hung in a much more static and rigid grid formation. A perfect square grid of lamps, equally spaced and uniformly hung will have a much more formal feel, especially if the very industrial aluminium finish is chosen over enamel colour. This method of hanging is extremely effective in an industrial style kitchen or minimal setting filled with only white fabrics and fittings.