Room by Room – Panton Cone Table

By Modern Simplicity • Updated on 12/13/2010

This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at a strong iconic piece, the Panton Cone table.

As part of a line of furniture designed by Verner Panton, including the Cone Chair and Heart Cone Chair, the Cone Table was introduced in 1958 as a companion occasional table. Currently available from Vitra in either white or black laminate with a stainless steel satin finish base, the table was originally made with a wood top and base cone option. Although meant to reside with Panton’s Cone chairs, I would suggest a very simple chair as an accompaniment, letting this strong piece take center stage. Although its lines are strong and forceful, pairing it with simple pieces allows both of them to shine.

Color combined with simple form and authentic materials can create an environment that feels personal and warm, even when furniture is angular and a little more severe. A painting in acrylics creates a good balance of cool tones with a pop of warm color for some excitement. And old wool sweater has a second life in a set of felt coasters, while a mix of hardwoods are joined to create a wall-hung timepiece. Fabric is pleated to create a textural pillow, and combined and cut-out to form a bin to store odds and ends.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.

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