Poul Henningsen’s PH 4 1/2-4 Pendant (1927) is a member of the PH 3-shade family, a series of light fixtures designed by Henningsen to produce glare-free and economically distributed light. The three glass shades of the 4 1/2-4 Pendant are arranged in a relationship of 3:2:1, drawing their reflections over a logarithmic spiral, which places the light source directly in the spiral’s focal point. Allowing most of the light to reflect outward and downward from the matte undersides, the glass shades enable 12% of the light to penetrate and contribute to the overall room lighting. The result is a soft, evenly distributed glare-free glow. Bulb (not included): 150W/120V/A21.
Base: High lustre chrome plated, brass. Shades: Handblown white opal glass.
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 >