Author: Bianca KILLMANN Posted in Colour Psychology

Colours from Verner Panton


“The colours influence our life and our momentary mood. Colours can generate a cheerful or a depressed atmosphere. For many people colour is more important than form if they do look at an object (not ladies) or experience something. It would be ideal if one could change his surrounding according to his mind situation, daytime and season”, said Verner Panton.


“Garish colours have always fascinated me”

  • Like no other designer the Dane knew about the effect colours have on the human psyche. Already during his study he thoroughly argued with this subject. This fascination did not let him go up to his death. Particularly the colours of the rainbow had done it to him. “This way I am: Garish colours have always fascinated me. But they have to be pure.” These “pure” colours donate the biggest vitality and energy and every single one has a unique oscillation frequency. With pleasure PANTON combined single tones with each other, then as far as possible, however, in her natural sequence.


Warmth and feeling of security

  • Colours can donate warmth and energy. Rooms in orange and red tones possibly, are perceived more warmly. At the same time they cause a reduction of the space. PANTON used these so-called “uterus colours” consciously to create residential caves full of security. Thus his settles, held in these colours, generate a room-in-room-feeling. Sometimes this comfort is even increased by chair backs passing above the head like the Amoeba Highback and in special measure the Living Tower.


Cold colours generate expanse

  • The so-called “cold colours” cause the opposite. The blue-green nuances create a chill atmosphere and expanse. Thus rooms, painted in chill tones, seem optically bigger. While PANTON used blue for his interior decoration, green apeared rarely. The colour, close connected with nature, was used in her cleanness, so as an emerald green, only once: in a hall of the Visiona 2-exhibition.


Individual differences

  • How colours are perceived also depends on the society. Asians, for example, feel colours in a different way than Europeans. However no matter which effect from them goes out, one is always valid: “It is more comfortabl to sit on a chair whose colour one likes.” Verner Panton.


How single colours work:

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Black, White