Danish modern space stations?

Posted by modblog 25/04/2011 0 Comment(s) Louis Poulsen,Verner Panton,

In September 1972, journalist Bengt Rooke reported in Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that a 60-strong delegation of American architects and interior designers working on ideas for future space travel and space station living were undertaking a 14-day tour of Europe. 

"In Copenhagen yesterday they had a working meeting with Louis Poulsen A/S and the Association of Furniture Designers and Interior Designers of Denmark," he wrote. "The 60 American interior designers and architects are members of the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID), which is involved in numerous projects including the design of interior public spaces and architecture. One of the association’s major current projects is proposals for the interior residential environment of space stations, where scientists and researchers will be staying for up to 30 days at a time."

Rooke’s report was accompanied by a photograph of the meeting at Louis Poulsen’s Nyhavn offices with the caption: "From left, President of the AID, S Vinick, board member Norman de Haan and PR man Alfred J Siesel. The playing cards are made of new materials that cannot burn. Lamps, chairs, curtains, light table are Verner Panton designs."

Unfortunately the photo the caption referred to is unavailable, so we don't know which of Verner Panton’s lamps, chairs and curtains were presented to the delegation, but the final item mentioned – his light table, the Louis Poulsen-produced Ilumesa – is pictured below.

Poulsen Panton light table

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