"Mira-Spectrum" Textile

Verner Panton (Danish, Gamtofte 1926–1998 Copenhagen)
ca. 1970
Printed cotton
82 1/8 × 94 1/2 in. (208.6 × 240 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
©Mira-X Stoffe AG
Not on view
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.
Marking: Maker's 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 example).

Bärbel Birkelbach in Verner Panton: The Collected Works. Ed. Alexander von Vegesack and Mathias Remmele. Exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum. Weil am Rhein, 2000, pp. 134, 138, 140–44, 322, ill. p. 326, discusses the collaboration with the Mira-X textile house; reproduces a similar design as "Onion" from the collection "Linea II,' produced in 1979.