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  • New: Verner Panton's designs now available at Modern Planet

    In close collaboration with the Panton estate, especially his widow Marianne Panton, Verpan has acquired the production and sales rights to a significant number of Verner Panton’s designs. In 2003 the production of lighting was initiated and in 2010 a furniture range was added. Picking and choosing products from the vast treasure chest of Panton's work will bring many more items to life again, including his System 1-2-3 Chair and his Mirror Wall Sculptures.

     

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    “He (Verner Panton) is like a glimpse of sun in the humdrum of everyday life” - Hans J. Wegner “He (Verner Panton) is like a glimpse of sun in the humdrum of everyday life” - Hans J. Wegner

     

    All of the Verpan products stand out as some of the most elegant and memorable of Verner Panton’s designs. Products that create life, movement, color and light - design that brings value into the visual world around us.

     

    The Verpan Fun Lighting Collection includes pendants, table lamps, wall lamps and the amazing hanging lights which are large and visually stunning chandeliers. The finishes on the disks are either Mother of Pearl or metal. The Verpan Fun Lighting Collection includes pendants, table lamps, wall lamps and the amazing hanging lights which are large and visually stunning chandeliers. The finishes on the disks are either Mother of Pearl or metal.

     

    The Moon Pendant Light is one of Verner Panton's earliest lamps, 1964. It consists of ten ring-shaped blades positioned in such a way that they can move. Here it is shown with Verner Panton's Cloverleaf Sofa. The Moon Pendant Light is one of Verner Panton's earliest lamps, 1964. It consists of ten ring-shaped blades positioned in such a way that they can move. Here it is shown with Verner Panton's Cloverleaf Sofa.

     

    The Verner Panton Panto Light was designed in 1977. It is a transparent light globe, available in two sizes. The Verner Panton Panto Light was designed in 1977. It is a transparent light globe, available in two sizes.

     

    It certainly looks like Verner Panton had a lot of fun in his lifetime, 1926-1998. He was an inspirational and colorful personality. A unique person with a special sense of color, shape, and light. Born in Denmark and trained as an architect, Panton worked at Arne Jacobsen’s architectural practice, setting up his own design studio in 1955. Verner Panton started by designing lamps for Louis Poulsen. The first lamp to be put into production was the Topan lamp in 1959, followed by the Moon Lamp. Verner Panton went on to design colorful seating systems, tables, rugs, and wall sculptures.

     

    Designed in 1969, the Welle Lounge Seating System creates its own landscape. Available in a colorful range of fabrics. Designed in 1969, the Welle Lounge Seating System creates its own landscape. Available in a colorful range of fabrics.

     

    "An important thing to remember is that his work was also loved by children." - Tom Dixon

     

    The Panton Pop Lounge Chair is available in red or white. The Panton Pop Lounge Chair is available in red or white.

     

    The 1-2-3 Rack makes an excellent storage solution for modern spaces. It is often paired with the 1-2-3 Mirror, a free standing mirror that fits any contemporary space. The 1-2-3 Rack makes an excellent storage solution for modern spaces. It is often paired with the 1-2-3 Mirror, a free standing mirror that fits any contemporary space.

     

    Several of Verner Panton's designs are available through Vitra.

     

    Together with Vitra, Panton came up with the first prototypes for this molded one-piece chair in the 1960s and the Panton Chair went into series production as of 1967. Unlike the cheaper Panton Chair Standard in solid plastic, Panton Chair Classic is made of rigid expanded plastic and has a lacquered surface. Together with Vitra, Panton came up with the first prototypes for this molded one-piece chair in the 1960s and the Panton Chair went into series production as of 1967. Unlike the cheaper Panton Chair Standard in solid plastic, Panton Chair Classic is made of rigid expanded plastic and has a lacquered surface.

     

    The Vitra Verner Panton Heart Cone Chair is a variant on the Cone Chair, designed in 1958. The Vitra Verner Panton Heart Cone Chair is a variant on the Cone Chair, designed in 1958.

    Originally designed for a Danish restaurant, the Cone Chair takes its shape from the classic geometric figure for which it is named. The cone-shaped seat is mounted at its point on a stainless steel swivel base. Originally designed for a Danish restaurant, the Cone Chair takes its shape from the classic geometric figure for which it is named. The cone-shaped seat is mounted at its point on a stainless steel swivel base.

     

    The original and radical spirit of the 1960s continued to shape Panton's work to the end of his life. Encouraged by the revival of the '60s in the 1990s, Panton believed that imagination would once again enter the furniture design world. It seems imagination and fantasy is in full flower these days, unfortunately Panton is no longer here to witness this current period of design experimentation.

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  • Finn Juhl – a Danish icon is re-launched by Onecollection

    When you look at the graceful shapes and sensual curves of Finn Juhl's work, you may be shocked to realize that he designed these pieces 60 to 70 years ago. When you look at the graceful shapes and sensual curves of Finn Juhl's work, you may be shocked to realize that he designed these pieces 60 to 70 years ago.

     

    In 2000 Onecollection acquired the exclusive rights to produce Finn Juhl’s iconic furniture from the 1940s and 50s. Since then the company has re-launched a comprehensive range of Juhl’s designs.

    Finn Juhl, born in Denmark in 1912, was a pioneering force in his own country. Finn Juhl is credited along with fellow Danes Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and Poul Kjaerholm for introducing Danish modern design to mid-century America.

    Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was born in Denmark, and considered himself an architect of the interior as well as the exterior. Finn Juhl, (1912-1989), considered himself an architect of the interior as well as the exterior.

     

    He began designing furniture like the Poet Sofa, 1941, for use in his own home, north of Copenhagen. Juhl felt that furniture, handicraft and art should create a completeness of the house, which in his case was decorated with works of the Danish painters of the time.

     

    The Finn Juhl Poet Sofa, seen here with the Pelican Coffee Table, designed in 1940, was inspired by ”free art”. Today this sofa represents a part of Danish cultural history. The Poet Sofa is made to the finest manufacturing standards with hand-sewn upholstery and its legs come in several different wood finishes.  The Finn Juhl Poet Sofa, seen here with the Pelican Coffee Table, designed in 1940, was inspired by ”free art”. Today this sofa represents a part of Danish cultural history. The Poet Sofa is made to the finest manufacturing standards with hand-sewn upholstery and its legs come in several different wood finishes.

     

    In 1937, Juhl began collaborating with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, and the pair were the buzz of the 1945 Cabinetmakers' Guild exhibition with their expressive, sculptural pieces.

     

    The Model 45 Armchair, broke from tradition by freeing the upholstered areas from the wood frame. The result was an easy, elegant and tantalizing expression that came to characterize Finn Juhl and make him a world famous designer. The Model 45 Armchair, broke from tradition by freeing the upholstered areas from the wood frame. The result was an easy, elegant and tantalizing expression that came to characterize Finn Juhl and make him a world famous designer.

     

    Finn Juhl was preoccupied with shapes and colors during his life because of his great interest in cubist and surrealistic art. The Finn Juhl Sideboard with colored sliding doors and trays was designed in 1955. It is part of a series of cubist wood cabinets that float on delicate steel frames with wood “feet”. Finn Juhl was preoccupied with shapes and colors during his life because of his great interest in cubist and surrealistic art. The Finn Juhl Sideboard with colored sliding doors and trays was designed in 1955. It is part of a series of cubist wood cabinets that float on delicate steel frames with wood “feet”.

     

    Juhl made his American debut in 1951, at the "Good Design" exhibit in Chicago and at MoMA in New York, and he represented Denmark in creating the interior of a meeting hall at the United Nations Headquarters. In 2013, Onecollection manufactured all new furniture for the Finn Juhl Chamber at the UN Headquarters in New York.

     

    In 1963, Finn Juhl designed a series of lamps that were only in production for seven years and are nowadays both rare and coveted as collectibles. They are now back in production at Onecollection, in the original combination of two shades of gray. Available as a wall lamp, a table light and a pendant light. In 1963, Finn Juhl designed a series of lamps that were only in production for seven years and are nowadays both rare and coveted as collectibles. They are now back in production at Onecollection, in the original combination of two shades of gray. Available as a wall lamp, a table light and a pendant light.

     

    Finn Juhl is still winning awards decades after his death in 1989. The 2010 Wallpaper Design Award was awarded to the 1951 Baker Sofa in the category of Best Reissue. Finn Juhl is still winning awards decades after his death in 1989. The 2010 Wallpaper Design Award was awarded to the 1951 Baker Sofa in the category of Best Reissue.

     

    For Canadian customers interested in modern furniture, lighting and accessories, please go to our Canadian site, GRShop.com

  • Product launch: Secto Design - innovative Finnish lighting

    The acclaimed Secto Design lamps combine the innovative use of flawless Finnish birch and very skilled craftsmanship. The acclaimed Secto Design lamps combine the innovative use of flawless Finnish birch and very skilled craftsmanship. The acclaimed Secto Design lamps combine the innovative use of flawless Finnish birch and very skilled craftsmanship.

     

    In 1995 Tuula Jusélius and architect Seppo Koho met and they knew right away they were kindred spirits. The two share a respect for Northern woods as well as Scandinavian design and professional woodworking. Customers who bought their furniture complained about not finding suitable lamps to go with the furniture. There simply were no wooden lamps on the market. So Seppo Koho got to work and the result was the Secto pendant lamp that is still the backbone of the collection.

     

    The Secto 4200 / 4201 Pendant Light comes in 2 sizes and is handmade of PEFC-certified form pressed birch in Finland. The wood provides a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal. The Secto 4200 / 4201 Pendant Light comes in 2 sizes and is handmade of PEFC-certified form pressed birch in Finland. The wood provides a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal.

     

    The Secto Owalo Series of lights are very sculptural. The Owalo Series consists of floor, table, wall and pendant lights. The Secto Owalo 7010 Floor Light has a very stable base and is available in 4 finishes. The Secto Owalo Series of lights are very sculptural. The Owalo Series consists of floor, table, wall and pendant lights. The Secto Owalo 7010 Floor Light has a very stable base and is available in 4 finishes.

     

    The Secto Owalo 7000 Pendant is perfect for lighting a dining table, kitchen island or conference table. Made of Finnish birch and available in 4 finishes, including walnut veneer. The Secto Owalo 7000 Pendant is perfect for lighting a dining table, kitchen island or conference table. Made of Finnish birch and available in 4 finishes, including walnut veneer.

     

    The Secto Owalo 7020 Table Light is a sleek lamp that works well as a bedside light as well as accent and task lighting, thanks to its thin frame. The Secto Owalo 7020 Table Light is a sleek lamp that works well as a bedside light as well as accent and task lighting, thanks to its thin frame.

     

    The Secto Puncto 4203 Pendant Light spreads light over a large area and is perfect for over your kitchen or dining table. Available in 4 finishes. The Secto Puncto 4203 Pendant Light spreads light over a large area and is perfect for over your kitchen or dining table. Available in 4 finishes.

     

    The Secto Octo 4240 Pendant Light is a grand yet airy pendant light that has already become a classic. The Secto Octo 4240 Pendant Light is a grand yet airy pendant light that has already become a classic.

     

    The birch of the Secto Design lamps is produced in Central Finland and is transported only short distances. During production, recycling and sorting are high priorities, and sawdust, for example, is used to make wood pellets for the heating of houses.

    Secto Design maintains a highly curated collection of beautiful, eco-friendly lights for all situations.

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