For adaptable storage solutions, there’s no need to think outside the box. Case in the point: the 1971 Panton Wire cube by Verner Panton, which, thanks to its graceful simplicity and versatility, is now back in production.
The open-ended steel design has been reintroduced by Montana of Denmark, a modular furniture company founded by Peter J. Lassen, who worked with Panton back when the piece was first issued 66 years ago by Fritz Hansen. Its uses continue to multiply.
Photography courtesy of Montana.
1. Entry Storage
Panton (1928-1998), one of the most inventive and color-loving of the great modernist Scandinavian designers, introduced the cube as part of his wire Pantonova collection of 1971. According to collector Nilkas Maupoix of Pantonworld, the system included chairs, tables, a coat rack, and more; it was first unveiled amid Panton’s psychedelic scheme for Varna, a restaurant in Århus, Denmark. “The idea with the wire furniture was that the wire would catch the surrounding color: If you had a totally red room and you sat on a wire sofa, the sofa would ‘disappear,’ so it seemed almost like the person was floating.”
2. Coffee Table
“The main purpose of my work,” said Panton, “is to provoke people into using their imagination.”
Montana’s products are far-ranging: See our post Genius Modular Household Storage from Montana of Denmark. In the US, the designs are available from the Danish Design Store, where the Panton Wire is $242 each. Original versions of the cube can also be found on Chairish, 1st Dibs, and other vintage vendors: Search “Vernor Panton Pantonova Wire Cube”.