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Verner Panton Panthella Floor Lamp

Materials: White enamelled metal base and rod. White round acrylic mushroom lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 128,5 cm / 50.59”

Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”

Base: ∅ 34,5 cm  / 13.58”

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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Verner Panton (1926-1998) in 1971.

Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen & Co A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Other versions: This Verner Panton Panthella floor lamp is a first edition. It has the switch build-in in the base. Later versions (until today) have the switch on the cord and are 130,5 cm (51.37”) high. Also made as a table lamp (60 cm high, 23.62”) and made in a chromed version and in many colours during the years. And also made in different materials: injection-molded acrylic lampshade, injection molded ABS base and metal stand. Beware for fake ones, the Louis Poulsen label is always present. For a while they were also produced by Vitra, according to the Verner Panton website.

The Panthella table and floor lamp received an iF Design Award in 1972.

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.

This floor lamp was designed in 1971, often said 1970, but those are false assumptions.

Louis Poulsen

Louis Poulsen & CO A/S is a Danish lighting manufacturer that was founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importing business. 4 years later the firm closed down. However, in 1892 Ludvig Poulsen opened his second business, this time selling tools and electrical supplies.

Two years later in 1896 his nephew Louis Poulsen started to work for the company. After the dead of Ludvig in 1906, Louis takes over the business.
In 1911 Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes a partner in the firm and the name changes in Louis Poulsen & Co A/S. Six years later Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes the sole owner of the company.

The best known designers that worked for Louis Poulsen are Poul Henningsen, Arne JacobsenVerner PantonVilhelm LauritzenShoichi Uchiyama and many others.

This floor lamp and  the table lamp are described in 1000 Lights Volume 2, 1960 to present, page 240 and 241, written by Charlotte and Peter Fiell and published by Taschen in 2005.

Also published in La Cote Du Design edition 2010-2011 on page 699, written by Jean-Michel Homo and published by Retro Design Editions, France.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.

Lamps in the movies!

A Verner Panton Panthella floor lamp floor lamp was used as a prop in the TV Mini-Series Stella Blómkvist (Iceland 2017 – 2021).  This scene is in the living room of Stella, who is an advocate-detective. Here together with a Jielde floor lamp. The lamps appear in the trailer. Also an Achille Castiglioni Arco floor lamp (Flos) is in the room.

Verner Panton Panthella Table Lamp used as a prop in Stella Blómkvist (TV Mini-Series 2017– ) lamps in the movies

A Verner Panton Panthella floor lamp was used as a prop in the 2018 British black comedy drama spy thriller television series Killing Eve. Starring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw.

Verner Panton Panthella floor lamp used as a prop in the 2018 TV series Killing Eve

A Panthella table lamp appears in the 2010 Belgian music documentary Belpop Classics, aired on Canvas, about the career of Stef Kamil Carlens. A green version is owned by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a contemporary dance choreographer.

Verner Panton Panthella table lamp appears in the 2010 Belpop Classics TV series about Stef Kamil Carlens

A Panthella table lamp was used as a prop in the 2009 political thriller film The International. Starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.

Verner Panton Panthella Table Lamp used as a prop in the film The International (2009) lamps in the movies

Two Panthella table lamps appears in the Belgian TV series Komen Eten. It is the Flemish version of the ITV series Come Dine With Me. The lamp appears in season 19 (2019), episode 39, aired on 4, today named Play4.

Verner Panton Panthella table lamps in Komen Eten TV series season 19 episode 39

A Verner Panton Panthella floor lamp and table lamp together with an Oluce Atollo table lamp were used in Belgium and The Netherlands for an Auping publicity on their website in October 2019.

Verner Panton Panthella floor and table lamp used for an Auping bed publicity in October 2019