Verner Panton started out as a painter before studying architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. After an apprenticeship with architect / designer Arne Jacobsen, Panton pursued a path in furniture and interior design, where he became famous for his avant-garde designs. Such as chairs with no legs and a sofa placed vertically against the wall. In the 60’s and 70’s, his passion for designing entire environments led to immersive interiors featuring his hypnotic patterns and futuristic designs for furniture, lighting, wallpapers, posters and rugs.
Panton’s pioneering use of materials, colours and shapes earned him a reputation as a visionary. In recognition of his life achievement, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Dannebrog Order in 1998 by the Queen of Denmark.