Design Classic Review: Verner Panton Moon Pendant 1960

If you know just the slightest thing about design you will know about the designer Verner Panton. His

If you know just the slightest thing about design you will know about the designer Verner Panton. His stuff is sold under the company name of Verpan and there are soo many classics that we can attribute to the man.

 

Recently I decided to splash out and buy myself a nice lamp and Verner Panton won my vote with his Moon pendant. It was first released in 1960 and has become one of his best known works. It is available in 2 sizes and 2 colours although the copper only comes in small and the white comes in both.

 

 

It depends what sort of effect you are trying to create with this lamp as to what one you want. Some like to have it over in the corner as part of an over all design for the room and use it’s cracking sculptural form and a more decorative piece than a functional one. We decided that we wanted it central so went for the bigger design and hung it high.

 

 

The light emanates beautifully from the spaces between the rings and depending on what bulb you put inside it will give the room a warm and cosy glow.

 

 

These days with Philips bulbs you can actually choose your colour and control it from you phone but that all seemed a bit gimmicky for us. I mean, lets face it we just paid silly money for a lamp designed when my parents were kids.

 

 

As you can see with the images there is no end to how many different angles you can shoot the lamp from with the disappearing curves always producing interesting outcomes.

 

 

The clever thing about this lamp is the way in which it packs down. With the ever decreasing size of the rings the entire lamp shrinks down to be just the height of one of the metal rings.

 

 

The weight and feel of the lamp is heavy and quality. It’s important when designing something of quality that the feel is right and with the Moon Pendant those 2 points have been ticked. It really surprised me just how heavy the unit was as the rings are all formed metal which has been plastic coated. The small design touches make this product special like for example that fact that the rings could well have been straight sheet metal. However the light gradient would not have been the same so a curved metal panel is used to optimise the way in which the light leaves she shade.

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Adam Christopher is a designer with an automotive background. Having studied transport design at university he went on to become a toy designer in Denmark for LEGO. From there he has been building a reputation for interesting concrete designs and flowing, beautiful sculpture