The iconic Flowerpot lamps
were designed by the thriving, Danish designer Verner Panton
in 1969. Panton was known as a pioneer when it came to interior design, where his colourful and inspiring personality was reflected in his designs. His use of colour, shapes, and light led to the creation of new theories about the function of light and how lighting could influence its surroundings.
The marvellous Flowerpot pendant
was originally designed for use in restaurants, but alongside the Flowerpot table lamp
, it didn’t take the lamp long to find its way to private residences. In 2003, the Danish company &tradition
brought the Flowerpot lamp back into production, allowing the lamp to make a serious comeback that made it more popular than ever.
Spectacular presentation of an iconic lamp
In connection with a series of furniture expos back in the 60s and 70s, the German company Bayer rented a yacht once a year and turned it into a showroom for renowned, modern designers. The purpose was to advertise different products that had something to do with interior design.
Verner Panton was entrusted with the task of designing the exhibit twice, under the names “Visiona” and “Visiona 2”. At the last exhibit in 1970, he created a “Fantasy Landscape”, comprising a series of lively, colourful, and organic shapes.
In spite of only having a few months to prepare, Verner Panton managed to create a spectacular exhibit with remarkably varied elements. Each room contained a wide selection of furniture, lighting solutions, textiles, and wall decorations. All elements were developed specially for the expo, and his installations are considered some of the most impressive presentations in design history to this day.
Visitors to the exhibit walked through the staged rooms with low ceilings and marvelled as their senses were bombarded with colours, touchable surfaces, smells, and sounds. In one of the rooms, you could lounge on upholstered rubber balls while another offered a chance to see perforated sculptures made of hard foam, topped off with pillows of various colours. Wherever you went on the boat, there were clusters of Flowerpot lamps in different colours. This was the first introduction to the Flowerpot pendant, as Verner Panton used the spectacular exhibit as a chance to showcase his work. The name came from the creation itself: a flower of light.