248 cm diameter (8’2”)
|| tufted wool pile on a canvas foundation
|| Verner Panton (1926-1998) is one of the most celebrated artists of the Pop art era. The kaleidoscopic quality of his designs is illustrated in the wealth of patterns that he created for a plethora of mediums, ranging from futuristic chairs and sofas to creatively designed lamps to upholstery textiles and carpets of a somewhat psychedelic character.
The carpet illustrated here, aptly named Roulette, was released in 1965 and is the second in a long series of patterns in his signature style. It was produced in five different colours (Panton himself had a yellow Roulette in his own home), and was commissioned by leading furniture manufacturers such as Thonet. It consists of a central circle surrounded by radically arranged circles in various sizes. As the design radiates outward, the colour changes from a darker shade of moss green to lighter tones such as ivory. The dazzling and provocative movement of colour and pattern in this piece questions our way of perceiving palette and design.
|| A. von Vegesack, M. Remmele, Verner Panton - The Collected Works -
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2000