Architektur & Wohnen – edition 09/06

Author: Bianca KILLMANN Posted in Special

A&W, Architektur und Wohnen is a Design - Magazine for Interior Design.




The current issue of the ARCHITEKTUR & WOHNEN, short A&W, felt into my hands. While paging through I think: Wow, how present Verner Panton with his draughts is – directly or indirectly – till today.


Lucky Relaxer

The first reference to his design is already to be found on page 10, namely in an announcement. There the company Brühl & Sippold, situated in Bad Steben/Germany, promotes a seating named lucky, a novelty from 2009. According to the advertisement is was designed by Kati Meyer-Brühl. Indeed it reminds me very strongly in form and function of the rocking chair Relaxer 2. Panton created this seat already in 1974. At that time the German company Rosenthal produced the piece of furniture.


Islands of cosiness

A few sides further it is about “islands of cosiness”, namely carpets. All models shown on the first double page have one thing in common: They captivate geometrical forms on their fleecy subsoil. Actually, exactly that Panton already effectuated since the beginning of the 60s. However the rugs shown in the magazine come from Nelly Zavirov, Daniel Buren or Ora-Ilto.


Design classic wire furniture

Jeff Altman is a finance pro and lives in a villa on Long Island at which one can have a look in the middle of the journal. On the way into the sitting room one faces a wire chair from the Warren Platner Lounge Collection. It was produced by the company Knoll International in 1966. Three years later Verner Panton used wire furniture of Knoll for his interior design of the Spiegel Editorial Staff House in Hamburg. Still today they can be admired in the canteen which has been put under preservation of sites of historic interest.


Design country Denmark

Bjarke Ingels is a Dane and quite popular, not only in Denmark. In the report about him and his architect’s group Big the reader finds out that they break off with old fashioned patterns by spectacular ideas. By the way, exactly how Ingels‘ compatriot Panton, half a century before.


Formless Furniture

And then there is the exhibition Formless Furniture which is shown apparently (from the 11th of November, 2009 to the 14th of February, 2010) in the Museum of Design Zürich. The description says: “In the mid-1960s designers defied conventions in the field of interiors with formless furniture. Inspired by art they experimented with material in order to find alternatives to furniture existing at the time. Their furniture between design and sculpture stood for a new social consciousness and can be seen as a contravention of “Good Design” (Gute Form). The exhibition shows the validity of the maxim “form follows material” which redefined the relationship between form and material.” Again I feel myself reminded to Verner Panton’s work. Like no other he played so extensively with forms in the field of seating. Best example: the Living Tower.


“My dreams are red”

A few pages before the magazine ends I trip over the headline to the interview with Walter de’ Silva. As a chief designer he gave utterance to brands like Alfa Romeo, Audi and Seat. Since 2007 he has signed on by VolksWagen and says: “My dreams are red.” Whether Panton’s dreams were red, only one person can probably answer. However, we other can certainly say: His favorite colour was Red.