Vintage Scandinavian Verner Panton “Checkers II” Textile, Country Of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – This textile is Checkers II by Verner Panton. It features warm browns in a gradient that ranges from darker to light. Panton is considered an icon of the mid-20th century, and he is credited with transforming widely held design ideas of the time into designs that would later be called “futuristic.”
Panton was a master of color. He used color to transform simple shapes so that they appeared to transcend into three-dimensional space. His patterns were meant to engage more than the visual senses and immerse the viewer in the piece. This piece appears to be pyramids that stand out from the darker surface when viewed from a distance. His designs are simple yet captivating. They have the optical illusion of movement.
Panton graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and spent the first two years of his career working under the renowned Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. However, Panton’s ideas broke the conventions of the time, and he would soon open his own firm where he could create his visions and bring them to a world that welcomed his fresh, new perspective.
A Panton exhibit is a unique experience. The entire room is made to create a sensory experience through color and form. His textiles were designed to accompany an entire set in a carefully curated room. Textiles played an important role in creating a visual impact.
Checkers II was created in 1969 and was a part of several different collections through the early 1970s. This is a large piece of textile and an essential for the Panton Era room collection. It would pair perfectly with the iconic Panton chair and a flowerpot pendant lamp.
This piece will recreate the iconic look that made Panton a household name. Panton’s pieces have recently experienced a resurgence in popularity, and many of the furniture pieces continue to be produced. This is an excellent authentic Panton piece for the collector or contemporary designer. Its classic pattern and earthy browns are perfect for the modern interior.