After years of effort, the Restaurant of Kunsthalle Museum revealed the unique shell ceiling lamp designed by Verner Panton, the iconic architect and designer, Basel-resident and regular guest of the modern restaurant. The strength of Basler Kunstverein has succeeded in restoring and modern installing.
This one of a kind design object, comprised of thousands of individually cut translucent shell pieces, was designed by Panton in 1972 for his house in Binningen/Basel and further developed by him until 1987. It is accessible for the first time in more than 30 years and now graces a room that highlights its elegance and singularity.
This significant jewel of design history now embellishes the Restaurant Kunsthalle, adding to the restaurant’s already considerable artistic holdings: historical wall paintings by Carl Brünner from the 1870s line the so-called “Schluuch” area, artworks from the Basler Kunstverein’s collection, including by Alighiero Boetti, Samuel Buri, Bruce Nauman and Remy Zaug grace the restaurant’s other walls, while the sculpture The Ceiling, designed by Monika Sosnowska, gives character to the Kunsthalle Bar.
The installation of the shell ceiling lamp precisely follows its original form and the room has for this occasion has been specially redesigned by the Basel architects Sauter von Moos in cooperation with the committee of the Basler Kunstverein. Thereby it was conceptually important to create a modern ambiance to accentuate both the timeless and contemporary character of Panton’s creative work.
This initiative was made possible thanks to the free long-term loan of the ceiling lamp to the Basler Kunstverein by the Panton family without whose generosity, and those of numerous private donors, this special project could not have been realized.