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Poul Henningsen: Farther of the modern lamp design

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The famous and well-known architect and designer Poul Henningsen is more relevant than ever with his PH lamp series.

The Danish designer Poul Henningsen, also known as PH, has designed the world-renowned PH lamp series, the Artichoke, the PH80, the PH5 and the Snowball in collaboration with Louis Poulsen. Lampenmeister.de sells the timeless PH collection.

Poul Henningsen started a lifelong collaboration in lightning with another designer Louis Poulsen back in 1925, where PH designed lamps for Louis Poulsen, who still enjoys the benefits of his architecture talents today. Poul Henningsen started out working with functionalistic architecture, but over time made the switch to lightning- the field where he became famous.

The models

The PH Artichoke was original designed in 1958 for the Langelinie Pavilion restaurant in Copenhagen, where it still hangs. The lamp is known for its unique and sculptural look. The body consists of 72 leaves splits into 12 rows and their placement provides a glare-free light regardless of viewing angle. This model is considered an international design icon.

Maybe the most popular design of the collection is the PH 5, that even after 60 years still remain as relevant and modern as back then. It is designed with a reflective multi-shade system, that is based on a logarithmic spiral, which means, that the focal point of the light source is located in the centre of the spiral, producing diffuse and glare-free light. The design was originally made for the World Expo in Paris in 1925.

The first light fixtures were all manufactured with metal shades, but PH also wanted to create light which had less downward-facing light, so he made a shade of opal glass with a sandblasted lower surface, that is also available at lampenmeister.de.

The PH lamp series, that lampenmeister.de sells, includes table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps and pendants, that comes in a range of classic and sophisticated colors, that is fit to suit any home or office.

Poul Henningsen’s pioneering work on lighting theory – structure, shadow, glare and colour reproduction in relation to the human need for light – is still in use today at louis Poulsen Lighting.

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