Though Panton is best known for his plastic stacking chair--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. This textile is an excellent example of Op-Art design, experimenting 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.
Marking: Makers marks printed on selvedge
(sale, Christie's, South Kensington, September 6, 2000, no. 210, sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.
Kathryn B. Hiesinger and George H. Marcus, ed. Design Since 1945. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1983, p. 192 (similar examples).
Kathryn B. Hiesinger and George H. Marcus. Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design: An Illustrated Handbook. New York, 1993, p. 287 (similar examples).