Vintage Scandinavian Verner Panton “Quadrat” Textile, Country Of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid 20th Century – The warm, earth brown of this Verner Panton textile called Quadrat (Kvadrat) was created in 1969 by one of the most iconic designers of the mid-20th century. Panton began his design career after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He then went to work for the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen.
It would not be long until the avant-garde style of Panton would shake conventional design ideas of the time. His ideas would create a new vision in the world of art that was futuristic, and that held the promise of optimism for the future. Panton’s use of brilliant, saturated colors ushered in what would later become known as “psychedelic” artwork.
This style of artwork transforms a flat surface into three-dimensional space. Panton’s use of simple shapes and graduated color makes the textile appear to extend from the page and have the appearance of pyramids jutting out from the surface. Panton wanted viewers to experience the pieces, rather than just view them as a flat visual piece.
After breaking from Arne Jacobsen, Panton was free to create his masterpieces and exhibit his work. A Panton exhibit was an experience beyond the standard art gallery show. He created rooms that were meant to evoke a certain feeling and to be experienced with all of the senses.
Panton’s textiles were created as a part of these multisensory exhibits. They might have been used as floor to ceiling curtains or as sofa pillows. They coordinated with the other pieces in the space. The Quadrat textiles were used in the Mira X collection from 1969 to 1974. They were created in different colors and on different scales, depending on Panton’s desired effect. The textiles were used to create a sense of proportion within the space.
This is a gorgeous textile from one of the most iconic figures in midcentury design. It is a smaller textile and would make an excellent framed piece to create a visual impact on the wall. It is an important collector’s piece and makes the perfect addition to a room with authentic Panton Era pieces, or for a contemporary retro-inspired room.