AJ House — The perfect scenery for Verner Panton classics
From the time of its completion in 1951 and until his death in 1971, the world-renowned architect Arne Jacobsen lived and worked in one of the Søholm houses in the area known as Bellevue on the outskirts of Copenhagen in Denmark.
After a long and careful restoration, the house was brought back to the original beauty. We got the exceptional opportunity to shoot images of the Panton One and Pantonova series in the historic house before it once again became a private family home.
Panton’s first chair
Between 1950 and 1952, Verner Panton worked in Arne Jacobsen’s drawing studio, and Jacobsen became a huge source of inspiration for Panton. In 1955, Verner Panton designed his first chair in his own name: the Panton One. Montana re-launched the chair in 2003, adding new colours to both the frame and the cord. The Panton One chair in stainless steel and cord can be used outdoor.
Panton One – A design classic from 1955
The Panton One chairs are designed by Verner Panton. They are available as a bar stool, kitchen chair, dining table chair and lounge chair for indoor or outdoor use. Choose from several cord colours and materials as well as six different kinds of frames.
A landscape of seating
In 1971, Verner Panton designed the modular wire Pantonova seating system for the now legendary Danish restaurant, Varna. It was the epitome of the 70s vibe, featuring lavish, experimental shapes and vibrant colours. Pantonova gained further notoriety as the seat of choice of the evil shipping tycoon, Karl Stromberg in the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me. Montana relaunched the iconic seating system in 2019 and in 2020 the outdoor version of the design was presented.
The Pantonova outdoor comes in stainless steel that is electrically polished to give it a matt-grey look. With assembly fittings also in stainless steel, the furniture can stay outside in all kinds of weather.
The original colours restored in the townhouse
The greenish blue colour on the wall was recovered under old paint and wallpaper by colour archaeologists and architects as part of the restoration of the house. The findings showed that Arne Jacobsen had painted the house in green, turquoise and yellow tones, establishing a perfect tone between the interior and the exterior.
In 2005, the Danish real estate firm Realea A/S purchased Arne Jacobsen’s townhouse and recently completed a thorough restoration of the property.
Verner Panton – created new shapes and challenged the entire colour universe
Verner Panton is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers, not to mention one of the most avant-gardes. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials and in vibrant, exotic colours.