Architect Poul Henningsen was born in 1894, grew up in a small Danish town without electricity and then built a career designing lamps. His was a world bathed in the soft glow of petroleum lamps, and Henningsen’s goal was to achieve this softness from the then-new technology of the electric bulb. By experimenting with concentric tiers of reflective metal bands and changing the size, shape and position of the shades, Henningsen was able to reduce glare and distribute light evenly. His PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce is a member of the PH 3-shade family, originally designed in 1926. The three stainless steel shades are arranged in a 3-2-1 configuration to spread reflections over a logarithmic spiral, and the matte white undersides project soft, even light throughout the surrounding area. Bulb (not included): incandescent 100W/A19/E26 or comparable CFL or LED. UL Listed for use outdoors. Made in Denmark.
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. Read more >