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Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen

Denmark (1894-1967)
Headshot of designer.

Although Scandinavia has contributed numerous classic pieces to modern design culture, few have truly achieved international iconic status; Poul Henningsen's PH lamp is one of those that has.

Trained as an architect, Henningsen is best known for a series of lighting fixtures that resulted from his fascination with the then-new technology of the electric lightbulb. In 1925, one of these fixtures won first prize for modern lighting at the Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts. The next year it was put into production by Louis Poulsen & Co. in Copenhagen, and it has been in continuous international demand ever since.

Having grown up in a small Danish town without electricity at the turn of the century, Henningsen wanted to recreate the soft gas lighting of his youth in his electric fixtures. Composed of concentric tiers of reflective painted metal bands, the PH design was carefully based on scientific analysis of a lamp shade's function. The goal of even distribution of light and reduction of glare determined the size, shape and position of the shades. Variations of the PH lamp design were made to accommodate various functions and spaces, and within a few years of its introduction the PH lamp was being used in world-class institutions and homes across Scandinavia.

Henningsen continued to design for Louis Poulsen well after these early successes, and in 1958 he produced yet another classic – the majestic Artichoke lamp. Based on the same principle as the multilayered shade, the Artichoke employs leaf-like elements to compose the form. With its grand size, the Artichoke creates dramatic atmospheric lighting appropriate for elegant commercial settings and larger domestic spaces.

It is a testament to the Scandinavian aesthetic – and Henningsen's genius – that a group of lighting fixtures derived from scientific principles can exude such warmth, elegance and soul.

Poul Henningsen

Artichoke Lamp, Small
Artichoke Lamp, Small
Artichoke Lamp, Small
Snowball Pendant Lamp
PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce
$1,038.00USD
PH 3/2 Floor Lamp
PH 3/2 Table Lamp
PH5 Pendant Lamp
PH 3/2 Pendant Lamp
PH 4 1/2-4 Pendant Lamp
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