Published on June 17th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Mod, Verner Pantonesque Lamp

IKEA PS MASKROS, Copic Markers

Description: I loved the IKEA PS MASKROS in the store, but I found it wanting, especially since I am in love with Verner Panton‘s VP Globe Lamp designed in 1969.

Besides, this lamp offers the perfect opportunity to accent your existing decor in a completely custom way, AND it is easy (although a bit time consuming).

1. Buy the lamp. I was not as impressed with the smaller MASKOS version, something with the proportions seem off, so I strongly suggest going big or going home. Enough said.

Note: I have a very mod, Mid-Century-meets-Pantonia sensibility, and I love color. I used at least three different Copic markers in each of four color families – yellow, orange, pink and purple (or ocre, vermillion, fushia and lavender if you want to get all J. Crew about it).

3. Color your heart out – there are like a million of the little tyvek “flowers” on this lamp, so expect it to take awhile, also, I used the marker on both sides to give the lamp a more finished look.

4. Voila!

Now I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I recently had all the furnishings and items in my loft appraised (total nightmare of a divorce), and the appraiser who has quite the impressive pedigree priced the lamp at $1,500. It has been, by far the highlight of the whole experience.

~ Darra Bishop, Los Angeles, CA

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9 Responses to Mod, Verner Pantonesque Lamp

  1. Lorna says:

    I buy blank canvas for $35 and take it home and colour it then sell it for $1500 – seems to me this work of art is no different than that! Congratulations.

    And, yes, I looked at your whole loft. Gorgeous!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful! Do you remember the Copic colors that you used? Thanks!

  3. Rosie says:

    very pretty… love your use of copics!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Your loft is simply stunning!

  5. FaB says:

    well, this loft is just… WOW. probably i would never ever live there, too much. looks like a modern art museum!!

    anyway, a sort of masterpiece. and looks funny how some ikea bits and pcs are here and there!!

  6. darra bishop says:

    In answer to your question(s), I did 90% of the coloring myself, 10% was done with a friend one night – this is definitely a task to do mindlessly while you are watching tv.

    The appraiser looked at everything in my loft – even the stuff that was acquired after the separation, so the lamp, although appraised, can’t be counted.

    I just had professional pictures taken of my loft. If you are interested, this link is still active for a short time:

  7. Anonymous says:

    hmmmm … nice that your efforts are appreciated …
    but you might want to tell YOUR divorce lawyer the truth … otherwise there maybe a much nastier surprise after THE OTHER divorce lawyer finds out the truth … or You get the lamp and your Ex gets the cash !

  8. Anonymous says:

    Have looked at the Panton lamp. Prefer yours. But define the “bit” in “a bit time consuming”! If you’d had to pay someone to do that the appraisal makes perfect sense. Toot that horn.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Your appraisal story is too funny! I can definitely understand the conclusion seeing it within your great decor/style. Love the color result. I’d love to see more of your space! Thanks for sharing. I’ve had my eye on this light forever (even before the stores received it) but have no space for the large size. I was psyched when the smaller version came out, but you’re right, it doesn’t have the drama so I passed.

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