RARE AND IMPORTANT "FIREBALL" HANGING LIGHT, TYPE D, 1970
designed 1969-1970, manufactured by J. Lüber AG, Switzerland, serial production in context of Visiona 2, Cologne Furniture Fair, 1970
47¼ in. (120 cm) drop 17⅜in. (44 cm) diameter
Svend Erik Møller, VERNER PANTON, COPENHAGEN, 1986,
n.p. for other ball lamps Alexander von Vegesack and Mathias Remmele, eds., VERNER PANTON: THE COLLECTED WORKS, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, WEIL AM RHEIN, 2000, p. 54 for this model, pp. 290-291 for various ball lamps
Visiona 2," the 1970 Cologne furniture fair (FIG. 1),was perhaps the most important setting Verner Panton created. In collaboration with the German company Bayer, "Visiona 2" showcased the manufacturer's new innovative materials and created visions of the future. Panton skillfully staged the space in a profusion of lights and colored armchairs in Bayer plastic, and streams of fabrics and rugs in psychedelic hues. Panton's scenography impressed the public with all its details and included a 3-D lounging landscape where walls, floor and ceiling fused into a multicolour unity.
The hanging lights, specially developed for this exhibition and constructed of balls and twists, emphasized and increased the psychedelic atmosphere of the setting. The translucent Cellidor, created a warm glow at the heart of the room with cooler colors around the edges. The highlights were the ball lights, and especially the "Fireball" version in either its single or triple tier configuration. The present lot, the "Fireball" Light, Type D, is made of Cellidor, Bayer's highly translucent plastic ideal for hanging lights.