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Pantonworld in Sweden from the Panton Collector Niklas Maupoix. Home of a Panton collector. Onion Pattern.


Niklas Maupoix is a real fan of Verner Panton’s ideas in interior design. The Swede from Gothenburg furnished his whole home in Verner Panton style. We were able to look behind his curtains straight into his Panton world.


Nice to meet you, Niklas. Could you please let us know, how our passion for the Danish designer Verner Panton developed?

NM: My interest in Panton started roughly in 2005. At that time I lighted on some cool interior pieces from the 70ies on the online market place eBay. I am an enthusiast in design in general but after a while I noticed, that I liked Pantons items the most. So I decided to only look for objects made by him.


Design originals from the Panton era are not for sale on every corner, are they?

NM: No. It takes a lot of time to constantly look for objects all around the world. Haha. For me it is absolutely worth it… and fortunately I have a extremely understanding girlfriend.


Did you ever met Verner Panton in person?

NM: Unfortunatelly, Verner passed away in 1998. So I did not have the opportunety to meet him personally. I have had some contacts with his daughter, Carin Panton, his wife, Marianne Panton, and also Rina Troxler, who has worked for the Panton family a long time. They have helped me with infos regarding his pieces. I hope to meet them soon. They have been very nice to me!


Do you have a speciality in collecting?

NM: I look for original vintage pieces. Especially from the 70ies. For example objects from Visiona 2 in Cologne and Varna Palace in Denmark. He was very carefull with the details. The choose of colours were very exact. The items should have exactly the ‘right’ colour tones. For example, he made areas in one tone. It could be a cool area with bluish colours or a warm room with reddish tones. But he did not mix these tones up in the same lamp, furniture, etc. Verner Panton did a lot of designs, lamps, fabrics, furnitures, rugs, architectural and total environments. He was really talented!


What is inside your own Panton world?

NM: At the moment, I have over 150 different fabrics of him. It is a perfect ‘thing’ to collect. Almost every fabric is different. Panton designed a lot of different motifs. All of them are handprinted in a time-consuming process. Many of the fabrics are made in a methodical system like: 8 circles, 8 squares, 8 waves, 8 curves and so on. Some were made in ‘multicolour’, wich means eight colours: orange, red, carmin, aubergine, purple, violet, blue and petrol. Other fabrics were made in one of these eight ‘Panton colours’ but then in 8 different lightnesses. I also have a lot of lamps, furnitures and rugs.


That is a lot stuff. How are they placed in your house?

NM: For me it is very important that I can use the his objects and not only have them stored. Like Verner Panton I try to build up different environments. Since we moved in our house, I have made different rooms that follow certain Panton colours.


How can we imagine that?

NM: For the walls and ceiling, I have followed some of the special colours that Panton developed together with Mira-X, (where Verner Panton was the chief-designer in the 70ies): red, violet, aubergine, brown, white and yellow. Besides that, we have some other rooms in the non Panton colours light pink and light green. In the last year, I have painted a lot of walls and ceilings … We have strong or dark Panton colours on that side of the house that is in shade during the day. If these rooms were white, they would have felt a bit blueish. So it is perfect to use these kind of stronger colour here. They are perfect rooms for the evening with all the lamps and reflections on the wall and ceiling. We also have two rooms next to each other witch are Panton brown and Panton white (more beige). There we have his Fun lamps with seashells and some brown fabrics.


Sound that you are immersed in the color theory of Verner Panton.

NM: Right. Panton often used the same coulour in one room for furniture, wall and ceiling. For him, white was no coulour. We have lighter colours on the sunny side of the house. The basement, the red room and the violet room, has all artificial light. I try to use the same colours on the walls and the ceiling – sometimes also the floor. Besides that, I try to keep a similar colour of the furnitures in that room, as well. Like Verner Panton would have done. I try to do my best.


And your girlfriend?

NM: My girlfriend likes constant changes, so she lets me do what I want at home. When we first met, she hated orange and purple, haha. She was more into old, vintage homes. That is also nice but when you have discovered colours, it is hard to stop. The secret is to only use one tone. So it does not get to much.


Your are investing a lot of time into your Panton world, aren’t you?

NM: Yes, and I started a website, so more people could see Panton’s design work. On the one hand it is a tribute to his work. On the other also a way to get contact with others that like Panton. I buy objetcs if I get offers. Sometimes I sell objects that I can not fit in at home. But it is not meant to be a Verner Panton Shop, more a virual museum that constantly changes. I often re-build our rooms, then I take new pics and put the old ones in my Verner Panton archive. Pictures of my fabrics, lamps, furnitures, rugs or other objects end up on my website. Last year, I got identical twins, so now my mind is shared between them, my girlfriend and Verner Panton. A full-time job …

Source: Niklas MAUPOIX.