In early February, Disegno joined Danish design brand &Tradition at the MoMU fashion museum in Antwerp to celebrate the launch of five new colours of Flowerpot, the iconic lighting design created by Verner Panton in 1968.
Throughout the 20th century, no designer did more than Panton to celebrate and interrogate the role of colour in design. Flowerpot was one of his defining works, illuminating his sophisticated treatment of colour and the manner in which it mediates our relationship with objects. Now produced by &Tradition, the Flowerpot collection was extended this year in new colours that were developed in conjunction with the Panton estate.
To mark the launch of the extended collection, Disegno Works was invited to organise and host a panel of expert speakers to explore Panton’s idea that “colours have meaning and function” as part of a public roundtable discussion.
The panel featured Sabine Marcelis, Els Van Hoorebeeck and Lucia Savi, who brought expertise from across different areas of design to pick apart questions such as: How do different disciplines of design approach colour? What lessons can be learned from Panton’s career? And how can a more holistic treatment of colour result in richer, more meaningful designs?
Moderated by Oli Stratford, Disegno’s editor-in-chief, the roundtable was a fascinating and joyful discussion of what the role of colour in design is today. Thanks to &Tradition for a thoughtful and colourful event!