Verner Panton's Globe Lamp
Verner Panton is a world-renowned Danish designer, famous for his innovative approach and the shifting of boundaries of the Danish Modern. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1951. In the first two years of his career, he worked for Arne Jacobsen who got Panton interested in Organic Functionality designer philosophy which he later developed according to his own taste and gave it an artistic touch. Similar to Jacobsen, Panton was inspired by round, organic forms. Designer lamps are an important part of his long and productive career, with the Globe Lamp being one of his best-sold ceiling lamps. Widely considered a masterpiece of Danish designer lamps, the Globe is a big round pendant made of clear acrylic. Inside are five reflectors made of aluminium, lacquered in blue, red and white, reflecting the light in an interesting yet pleasant way. The reflectors are suspended by three steel chains.
Panton designed the Globe lamp in two sizes, with a diameter of 40cm or 50cm, so you can enjoy the diffused light of this designer lamp in both a smaller and a larger room. The 50cm diameter model is also popular in conference rooms, common areas and cafeterias.
Ceiling Lamp with a Unique Light
The VP Globe is a unique and timeless pendant lamp with a striking difference from other pendants. The clear round screen and suspended metal reflectors contribute to the innovative look of this Panton’s design.
The construction gives a fun and exciting lighting which is playfully reflected inside the ball and the well-thought out design ensures that the lamp provides both sufficient amount of light and a pleasant illumination without glare.
The sculptural look of the Globe is very decorative in itself, so even during the day or bright summer evenings, it’s an amazing addition to the décor of the room.
Additional Product Facts
If you want the dry facts, here are the practical information about which bulb to choose for the Globe and further measurements of e.g. the cord:
|Material:||Transparent Acrylic (Plexiglas)|
|Socket, small Globe:||E14/E12|
|Socket, large Globe:||E27|
|Light source:||220V (E14/E27)|
|Maximum power:||60 watts or 75 watts depending on the size of the Globe|
|Supplied cable:||400 cm factory cable in black fabric|
The Globe on Sale
It’s not often that Verner Panton’s lamps, including the Globe, are on sale, but now and then you can get lucky. Because of the popularity and constant demand for the lamp, the retailers have little need to lower the price. So, if you’re looking for this iconic pendant, but don’t have the budget for the costly original, you might try to find a second-hand model or a replica.
Another way to obtain the Globe lamp at an affordable price is to find a second-hand model. Websites like eBay, Gumtree or Lauritz are a good bet. However, the disadvantage is that you never know which condition the lamp’s in. Be sure to check if the plexiglass shade is intact and without scratches and if all the five reflectors are placed where they should be. Finally, be sure to check the cable, socket and the connections.
Keep in mind that while spare parts for the Globe are available at several retailers, but they can be rather costly and changing the parts isn’t a simple job.
The price of a VP Globe Lamp
How much does a Verner Panton Globe pendant cost? First of all, the price depends on which size you choose the small Ø40, or the large, Ø50. Second, the price varies depending on whether you buy a new original, a new copy or a second-hand lamp. Below you can see some examples.
- Original: Around 8.000 – 11.000kr. (£947-1300 / $1205-1656), when comparing prices at PriceRunner
- Copy: Around 1.000kr. (£118 / $150), for a legal copy, almost identical to the original
- Second-hand: Depends entirely on the current offers