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Icons at The Conran Shop: Panthella Lamp

Commemorating 50 years of Verner Panton's design and celebrating the newly launched anniversary edition, we take a closer look at the timeless Panthella Lamp.

Unveiled in 1971, the Panthella Table Lamp is a Danish design classic. Created by Verner Panton in partnership with lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, the light is instantly recognisable by its distinctive silhouette and warm, inviting glow.

Panton's intention for the Panthella was to create a light whereby the stand and the shade served as a reflector, casting a soft and ambient light around the room. The atmospheric illumination is heightened by the Dane's signature use of organic, curved shapes, with clean lines intersecting one another to create glare-free light refraction.

The Panthella Table Lamp
Images courtesy of Louis Poulsen

Engineered from materials including die-cast aluminium and injection moulded acrylic, the Panthella boasts stepless dimming and cutting-edge LED technology. Panton designed the lamp to suit a wide variety of settings, from a private home to a workplace, public exhibition, hotel or cocktail bar. Available at The Conran Shop in a portable, mini, and floor edition as well as the brand-new anniversary 320 Table Lamp, the playful design never compromises on quality. 

Panton's designs are often influenced by his architectural background, yet the Panthella combines a structural form with an almost figurative personality. One of his most popular creations, the lamp has also been likened to a trumpet, mushroom, umbrella or budding flower. 

The 50th anniversary edition Panthella Lamp
Images courtesy of Louis Poulsen

Gifted with a unique sense of colour, shape and light, Verner Panton is renowned across the globe as one of Denmark's most influential designers. Having studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Panton went on to work in famed designer Arne Jacobsen's firm before founding his own studio for architecture and design in 1955. Widely recognised for his affinity with bright colours and geometric patterns, the designer created vivid installations, such as the Visiona 0 and 2 exhibitions at the Cologne Furniture Fair and the interior of the Varna restaurant in Aarhus, as well as iconic furniture and lighting.

Verner Panton (1926-1998)

Boldly creating pieces that were entirely unlike the popular style of his contemporaries, Panton's designs are housed in collections at New York's MoMA, Copenhagen's Danish Museum of Art and Design and the Design Museum in London. The Panthella is one of his most celebrated works, and we are proud to champion the classic design at The Conran Shop.

Discover the Panthella 320 Table Lamp, a mid-sized iteration in three showstopping finishes, here.