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Verner Panton Fun 1TM Table Lamp

Materials: Chrome frame and shells from the windowpane oyster. Filigran metal chains. Bakelite socket.

Height: 60 cm / 23.62”

Width: ∅ 32 cm / 12.59”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Verner Panton (1926-1998) in 1964.

Manufacturer: J. Lüber A.G. Rütimeyerplatz 2, 4054 Basel, Switzerland.

Other versions: Also made in brass and made in many variations. Produced by several companies, many fake ones were made over the years. Today these lamps are exclusively made by Verpan. They produce the legal contemporary versions.

Capiz

The shells of these lamps come from the Philippines, to be exact from the eponymous province of Capiz. The shells (Placuna placenta) have been used for thousands of years as a glass substitute because of their durability and translucence.

The windowpane oyster used for these lamps are often named “mother of pearl”, but that’s another shell. Mother of pearl is “nacre” and it’s the inside of a different shell and is not translucent. The outside of a pearl is from the same organic material. Also on the Verpan website these lamps with capiz shells are incorrectly described…

Verner Panton

Verner Panton was born on 13 February 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark and is considered as one of the most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers.  He studied architecture at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark and in his last year in 1950 he started to work for Arne Jacobsen.

From 1953 until 1955 he studied in various European countries and in 1955 he started his own business. Verner Panton received numerous awards for his designs. He died in Copenhagen on 5 September 1998.

J. Lüber A.G.

The J. Lüber A.G. company still exists, but they do not produce lighting anymore. Today they are specialized in gifts and home accessories. 

Verpan

The Danish Verpan company is a furniture and lighting manufacturer dedicated to the works of Verner Panton. Verpan has the exclusive rights to a significant part of Verner Panton’s iconic lighting, furniture and accessories. New Fun lamps can be bought via their website. You can find a dealer in your neighborhood over there.

Lamps in the movies!

The Verner Panton Fun 1TM table lamp was used as a prop in the American action thriller spy film Atomic Blonde (2017). Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy & John Goodman.

Verner Panton Fun 1TM Table Lamp used as a prop in the film Atomic Blonde (2017) Lamps in the movies