Verner Panton's innovative designs used Pop and Op Art as inspirations and employed many new, synthetic materials. More importantly, Panton moved Danish Modern away from the traditional wood furniture that had made it world-famous and instead he made "modern" furniture contemporary again, especially in his use of colors and patterns reflecting the psychedelic styles of the 1960s. In this way, every space Panton designed was a "happening," an encounter with design driving every element of environment. He submerged visitors in color and pattern, especially in his psychedelic landscapes for the Visiona 2 Exhibition.
Mark Mussari has his Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages & Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and has taught at the University of Arizona and Villanova University. The author of numerous magazine and academic articles on art and design, he is also a professional translator who has translated books on Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl. He is also the author of the recent book "Danish Modern: Between Art and Design" (Bloomsbury Press, 2016).