Created by Danish designer Verner Panton in 1969, the VP Globe pendant lamp is an icon of Panton’s playful, yet sophisticated Space Age style. In designing the piece, Panton looked at the technical aspects of light and materials, his final composition consisting of a shielded bulb that reflects light and color onto internal discs, creating an indirect glow from inside a clear globe.
Available in two sizes, the globe itself is made of transparent acrylic, the heart is composed of a series of reflectors, available in lacquered aluminum or opal glass, suspended inside by three metal chains. To mark the 90th anniversary of Verner Panton’s birth, Verpan released a special edition brass variation of the design, with the classic reflector detail in red and blue.
Verpan, the licensed production brand behind Panton’s designs, in collaboration with Frandsen Lighting, produce the Globe lamps in in Denmark. Working closely with the designer’s widow Marianne Panton and her family, Verpan ensures that the integrity of Panton’s distinguished designs remain intact.
One of the most influential designers of the 20th-century, Panton created innovative and often futuristic designs in a variety of materials, but may be best known for his use of plastics, in vibrant and unexpected colors. His lighting career started by designing lamps for Louis Poulsen, and he went on to create many exemplary mid-century lighting designs, in addition to furniture and entire “environments.”
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