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Object of Desire: The Verner Panton Wire Cube, Five Ways

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Object of Desire: The Verner Panton Wire Cube, Five Ways

June 9, 2017

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

The .7-by-.7-inch cube can be used individually or in combination, perched on the ground or wall-mounted. Here, a trio serve as an entry sideboard.
Above: The 13.7-by-13.7-inch cube can be used individually or in combination, perched on the ground or wall-mounted. Here, a trio serve as an entry sideboard.

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

Single cubes can be used as side tables.
Above: Single cubes can be used as side tables.

“The main purpose of my work,” said Panton, “is to provoke people into using their imagination.”

Montana has recently issued a limited-edition series of the cube in an -carat-gold finish over chrome-plated steel. It&#8
Above: Montana has recently issued a limited-edition series of the cube in an 18-carat-gold finish over chrome-plated steel. It’s also available in chrome and in powder-coated steel in black, red, and white.

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”.

3. Gridwork Shelving

Each module comes with four clips and together they can be used to form shelving and room dividers.
Above: Each module comes with four clips and together they can be used to form shelving and room dividers.

4. Dish Rack

Two wall-mounted Panton cubes make a good sink-side dish rack.
Above: Two wall-mounted Panton cubes make a good sink-side dish rack.

5. Bedside Table

For a rustic version of this option, consider a wooden crate. The gold-finished Panton cubes are offered by a small number of retailers. Go to Montana for details.
Above: For a rustic version of this option, consider a wooden crate. The gold-finished Panton cubes are offered by a small number of retailers. Go to Montana for details.
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