Verner Panton (1926 - 1998) is recognised as one of the 20th century's most significant and influential furniture and interior designers. Born in 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark, Panton studied at Odense Technical College before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as an architecture student.
He worked from 1950-52 in the architectural firm of Arne Jacobsen and founded an independent studio for architecture and design in 1955. His furniture designs for the firm, Plus-linje attracted attention with their geometric forms. In the following years, Panton created numerous designs for seating furniture and lighting.
His passion for bright colours and geometric patterns manifested itself in an extensive range of textile designs. By fusing the elements of a room—floor, walls, ceiling, furnishings, lighting, textiles, wall panels made of enamel or plastic—into a unified gesamtkunstwerk, Panton's interior installations have attained legendary status. The most famous examples are the "Visiona" ship installations for the Cologne Furniture Fair (1968 and 1970), the Spiegel publishing headquarters in Hamburg (1969) and the Varna restaurant in Aarhus (1970).