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The Louis Poulsen company was founded in 1874 in Denmark, with the guiding principle that form follows function: each element of a lamp must justify its presence by improving its use and aesthetics begins and ends with light.
In 1924, the architect-designer Poul Henningsen joined forces with Louis Poulsen to take part in a lighting competition organized in Paris, the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs & Industriels Modernes”. Incandescent bulbs had just made their appearance and for Poul Henningsen it was a matter of using its power to provide lighting that was both efficient and pleasing to the eye.
Poul Henningsen's three-shade "Paris" lamp won the gold medal and the following year Louis Poulsen began to market the PH lamps which quickly became legendary, with descriptions in Danish, German, English and French. As early as 1929, Louis Poulsen lighting distributed Henningsen’s lamps throughout most of Europe, as well as in North and South America, Africa and Asia.
Louis Poulsen bought the Laurits Henriksen factory in Copenhagen in 1941 and became a lighting manufacturer. War obliges, Poul Henningsen designs a blackout lamp which allows lighting without being seen by the German planes flying over the city. The iconic PH5 pendant was released in 1959. A first international subsidiary opened in 1962 in West Germany. Followed by France (1964), Sweden (1975), the United States (1985), Norway (1987), the Netherlands and Australia (1988), Switzerland (1990), Japan (1991) , etc. The turnover of the company, listed on the stock exchange since 1977, exceeded one billion Danish crowns by the end of the 1980s.
Another great name associated with the history of Louis Poulsen, the architect designer Arne Jacobsen, author of numerous icons of world design, signs in particular the collection of AJ lamps, available in table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps and which will never leave the catalog.
The same goes for the iconic Panthella lamp designed by Verner Panton in 1971, now available in many sizes, materials and colors and which has been among Louis Poulsen's best sellers for years.
Another great name in the history of Danish design, architect designer Vilhelm Lauritzen has seen his main lighting fixtures reissued by Louis Poulsen in recent years.
But Louis Poulsen is also a brand rooted in the present, attentive to today's talents, whether Danish, Swiss, English or Japanese, such as Jacob Lange, Øivind Slaatto, Shoichi Uchiyama, Anu Moser, Clara von Zweigbergk, KiBiSi, Louise Campbell, Nendo, Christian Flindt or Anne Boysen, who won a design competition organized by Danish television in 2021.
Scandinavia design is an authorized Louis Poulsen retailer. Our lights all come from the Louis Poulsen factories and are delivered with a warranty card and a certificate of authenticity.