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"Mira-Spectrum" Textile

Verner Panton (Danish, Gamtofte 1926–1998 Copenhagen)

Manufacturer:
Mira-X
Date:
ca. 1970
Medium:
Printed cotton
Dimensions:
H. 81, W. 80 inches (205.7 x 203.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Printed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.405.2
Rights and Reproduction:
©Mira-X Stoffe AG
  • Description

    Though Panton is best known for his plastic stacking chair (1986.425)-the first single-form, single-material chair to be mass produced-he was also responsible for designing a remarkable series of textiles for the Swiss manufacturer Mira-X. With its psychedelic, undulating wave pattern, this textile is a characteristic example of Op Art design, which experimented with abstract optical illusions achieved through judicious use of variation in hue and pattern. The palette is typical for Panton, and utilizes sequential variations in the limited color range that he favored for interior design.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Makers marks printed on selvedge.

  • Provenance

    Purchased September 6, 2000 from Christie's South Kensington, Scandinavian Design Sale on September 6, 2000 at 2:00pm, Lot 193.

  • References

    Hiesinger, Kathryn B., and Marcus, George H. Design since 1945. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art (exhibition catalogue, October 16, 1983-January 8, 1984). p. 192 for similar examples.

    Hiesinger, Kathryn B., and Marcus, George H. Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook. New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1993. p. 287 for a similar example.

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