Louis Poulsen



AJ Standing Lamp
New colours
PH 50
PH 5 Classic
PH 5 Contemporary
Cirque Pendant Lamp
AJ Table Lamp
New colours
Patera
PH 3/2 Pendant Lamp
Panthella Mini Table Lamp
Toldbod 120 Duo Pendant Lamp
PH 4/3 Pendant Lamp
NJP Table Lamp
PH 3½-2½ Copper Floor Lamp Limited Edition
Special Edition
PH 3/2 Table Lamp
LC Shutters multicoloured
PH 3½-2½ Table Lamp
Moser
Panthella Standing Lamp
VL45 Radiohus Pendant Lamp
VL38 Floor Lamp
Panthella Table Lamp
AJ Wall lamp
New colours
PH 3½-3 Pendant Lamp
Collage 450 Pendant Lamp
Doo-Wop
VL38 Wall Light
NJP Short Wall Light
LC Shutters white
PH 2/1 Table Lamp
PH Artichoke
VL38 Table Lamp
Enigma 425
NJP Floor Lamp
NJP Long Wall Light
Above
new
Wohlert

About Louis Poulsen

PH Artichoke

The Story of Louis Poulsen

The story of Louis Poulsen Lighting starts in the year 1874, when Ludvig R. Poulsen established a wine import company in Copenhagen. Following his death in 1906 his nephew, one Louis Poulsen, took over the company; a company which by now had switched its focus to metal and tool production, and which eventually also turned to lighting. In context of the 1924 International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris - "Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs & Industriels Moderne" - Louis Poulsen began what was to become a long and productive cooperation with Danish designer Poul Henningsen; beginning in 1926 with the launch of the first PH lamp. In addition to producing the works of Henningsen in both their original form and as anniversary re-editions, Louis Poulsen has also released further Danish lamp designs classics such as, for example, Arne Jacobsen AJ lamps from 1960 or Verner Panton Panthella from 1971. In addition Louis Poulsen is very active in the field of outdoor lighting, in particular developing lighting projects in collaboration with architects.


AJ Lamps

The characteristic feature of the AJ lighting family is a balanced interplay of symmetry and proportion; characteristics which also act as central elements in Arne Jacobsen's furniture designs. Arne Jacobsen's work stands clearly in the tradition of Scandinavian modernism and is regarded as a textbook expression of functionalist architecture and design theory. The Arne Jacobsen lamps were created in context of one of his most important architectural projects, the 1956 SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, or which Arne Jacobsen created everything, from the building itself over the furniture and lighting through to the cutlery. The striking feature of the Arne Jacobsen lamp is the combination of angles and lines, cylinders and circles, thus formally the Louis Poulsen AJ Table lamp and Floor lamp AJ must be considered as organic. Embracing as the lamps do the principles of functionalism, the design of the lamps largely expresses the function: The cone shaped shade of the Arne Jacobsen lamps literally throwing the light on the table. The colour scheme of the Louis Poulsen AJ lamps is based on soft, understated nuances which deliberately do not dominate their surroundings.

AJ Tischleuchte

PH Lamps

The cooperation between lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen and designer Poul henningsen dates back to 1924 when Henningsen created the first models of his PH lamps from which later classics such as the PH 5 or PH 50 originated. In the famous Poul Henningsen lamps three different sized, painted metal screens, are arranged according to the principles of the logarithmic spiral and thus radiate a diffuse, glare-free light. As with all of Henningsen's design, the relationship between light and shadow, texture and reflection is vital for the PH lamps. In 1958 Louis Poulsen released the PH Artichoke on the market, a lamp in which the construction principle of the classic PH lamp has been extended such that the metal sheets no longer consists of three metal shells, but rather from many small leaves, arranged artichoke-like. For the duration of his career Poul Henningsen worked on developing glare-free lighting characterised by soft shadow, and creating in conjunction with Louis Poulsen lamps which combined such with the demands of modern lighting design.

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(smow) blog Design Calendar: September 9th 1894 – Happy Birthday Poul Henningsen!

..."1 Following a little over five years of scientific research on light distribution, heat transfer and refraction a prototype of the future PH Lamp with its characteristic three concentric shades won a Gold Medal at the 1925 Paris Exposition, in 1926 the first genre re-defining PH Lamps were produced as part of a commission for the new Forum Centre in Copenhagen, by 1929 Louis Poulsen were distributing the table, hanging and wall versions of the PH Lamp in four continents, in 1930 Mies van der Rohe used them in his Villa Tugendhat in Brno... In the course of his career Poul Henningsen developed some 100 light designs for Louis Poulsen, in addition to the original PH Lamp the most famous examples being without question the PH 5, PH Snowball, PH Charlottenborg and of course the PH Kogle - the Artichoke Lamp...

Passagen Cologne 2014: Alle Metalle / All Metal

...Featuring a mix of furniture, lighting, accessories and decorative objects Alle Metalle / All Metal presents not only a nice overview of the myriad ways metal has been used in 20th century design, but also provides an insight into how metal obviously continues to inspire and drive the creative process: Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp for Louis Poulsen, Sebastian Herkner's Bell Side Table and Bell Coffee Table for ClassiCon, Kai Linke's Cosmo lamp, Tom Dixon's Etch Lamp shade, Robert Dudley's Bestlight through Gubi, CM05 HABIBI by Philipp Mainzer for e15...

Vitra Design Museum: Lightopia

"My, my, my, Delilah! Why, why, why, Delilah!" The morning of Friday September 27th 2013 was one of those misty autumn occasions that cause SANAA's immense new Vitra Factory Building in Weil am Rhein to merge, almost unseen, with the grey background. Even...

Arne Jacobsen: Spoons, Forks and Lamps

...A further highlight of Arne Jacobsen's fixtures for the SAS Royal is the AJ Lamp series created in conjunction with Louis Poulsen... Comprising a full set of pendent, wall, standard and table lamps, the AJ Lamp series can in many ways be seen as a further development of a desk lamp Jacobsen developed for Louis Poulsen in 1936...


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