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Gruner & Jahr publishing house, Hamburg


Gruner + Jahr Verlagshaus, 1973
Gruner & Jahr publishing house, Hamburg VP1715-00-B-D18
© Panton Design, Basel
Gruner & Jahr publishing house, Hamburg
Year: 1973
The commission to design the new head office of the publishers Gruner & Jahr in Hamburg was as extensive as that for the Spiegel publishing company a few years earlier. Whereas in the design of the offices Panton restricted himself to a simple system of colours and patterns, in the entrance hall and canteen he once more succeeded in using visual trompe l'oeil effects to create impressive and surprising interior design solutions. In the lobby the eye was caught by a mirrored ceiling from which apparently innumerable VP Globe lamps were suspended, and in the canteen the carpeting with its wave design gave the floor a three-dimensional appearance.
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