"Mira-Spectrum" Textile

Designer: Verner Panton (Danish, Gamtofte 1926–1998 Copenhagen)

Manufacturer: Mira-X

Date: ca. 1970

Medium: Printed cotton

Dimensions: 82 1/8 × 94 1/2 in. (208.6 × 240 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


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.