Vintage Scandinavian Verner Panton “Checkers II” Textile, Country Of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – Verner Panton is an iconic midcentury designer whose work transformed the world of interior design during the 1960s and 1970s. His designs ushered in an era that would become known as the Panton Era. This era was characterized by bright, optimistic colors and use of highlight and shadow that gives the piece a three-dimensional effect.
The placement of saturated and lighter oranges in this piece makes it appear as if the design is an array of pyramids that seem to stand out from the flat surface. It appears as if a lattice floats behind the design, depending on your angle to the piece. Panton used textiles to make a dramatic statement within the room. He wanted people to be able to interact with and experience the piece in a way that went beyond the visual.
The Checkers II series was created in 1969 and was used in rooms throughout the early 1970s. One of the key features of Panton pieces is that they were created as part of a collection. The collection often included a table, chairs, and his famous flowerpot pendant lamps. The room included curated artwork, rugs, curtains, and sofa cushions to give the visitor an immersive experience.
Panton is a Danish artist whose concepts are based on simple artistic principles, but that have a dramatic visual impact within the space. His ideas brought fresh, new ideas to the world of interior design. These ideas were rejected by the mainstream at first, but eventually, they would make him one of the most sought-after artists of the mid-20th century.
Panton’s work was popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. His work experienced a resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s and remains an essential for room styles from modern to minimalist. This citrusy piece will brighten any space and add a light and vibrant feel.