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Panthella Mini: The impossible made possible
Harnessing modern technology, Louis Poulsen has revamped Verner Panton’s 1971 design with remarkable results…
In 1971, Vener Panton designed the Panthella Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen, hoping to create a glossy product with an all metal finish. Due to technological barriers, the Panthella was made in acrylic instead. Now, 45 years on, it has been released in metal in line with Verner Panton’s original design specification. '
Then vs. now - The Panthella as it was upon its first release compared to the newly released Panetella Mini. Source: 1
The 1971 Panthella became a symbol of the eras colourful iconography and is demonstrative of the designers experimentation with material, shape, and spatial concepts. Indeed, Panton’s quirky designs were known for breaking convention, but from today’s perspective have become symbolic of the eras style. We can see this when looking back on his work for the Visiona exhibition, a boat transformed by designers to exhibit contemporary living space concepts. By utilising textiles and lighting, Panton broke physical boundaries and became a pioneer for the geometric patterns and bold colours associated with 1960s and 1970s interior and fashion design.
Verner Panton pictured with wife Marianne Panton and the iconic Panthella Floor Lamp & Table Lamp designs
Defining an era- Panton’s Visiona exhibition
Louis Poulsen have paid close attention to Panton’s design ethos and style for the Panthella MINI. As a nod to Panton’s final exhibition, the colours for the lamp have been chosen from the Lyset og Farven, which opened just a few days after his death.
Light and Colour Exhibition, 1998
Available in yellow, orange, mauve, red, pink and two shades of green, the design brings a splash of colour to the original design and provides a range of choice. This makes the Panthella perfect for almost any interior. It could be used to add colour to an otherwise minimalistic setting, or even as a playful addition to a children’s bedroom. For those that want a more neutral piece, the MINI is also available in white, black and opal acrylic. Their equally glossy finishes will reflect light and create a subtle lift to any room.
Staying true to its name, the Panthella MINI measures at 250mm, just over half the size of the standard Panthella Table Lamp. Further utilising technology, it has energy saving LED with three different intensity settings.
It is clear that whilst the Panthella Mini has a fresh and technologically advanced design, it beautifully incorporates the rebellious and evocative imagination of Panton, embodied in the original 1971 Panthella. Here at Nest.co.uk, we are excited to have all 11 colours of the Panthella Mini available for you to choose from.
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