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PH3½-3 metal pendant

Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

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Louis Poulsen, Danish Design Lighting
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

To mark the 120th birthday of the Danish designer Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen launched the beautiful PH3½-3 pendant lamp, based on Poul Henningsen's original drawings from the late 1920s and early 1930s, featuring his renowned three-shade system. 

Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

The pendant has metal shades, available in green, yellow, red and white. The fixture housing is silk mat brown and made of copper. All colours are based on Poul Henningsen's colour universe. Like the designer, the fixtures are colourful! 

Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

The lampshades are pressed at the Vejen factory by specially trained Louis Poulsen staff. For optimum strength, the lampshade support and its screws are made of copper-plated brass. 

Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

Designed more than 80 years ago, the PH 3½-3 Suspension Lamp combines modernity and classicism and is perfectly suited to any interior style. A good embodiment of Scandinavian design values, it boasts an aesthetic that is at once elegant, rustic, functional and unostentatious.

Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

PH  3½-3 Pendant – Red

PH  3½-3 Pendant – Green

Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30
Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

PH  3½-3 Pendant – White

PH  3½-3 Pendant – Yellow

Dimensions Ø33 x H30.7 cm

Material Shade: deepdrawn aluminium, suspension: silk mat brown, copper.

Mounting Cable length 3 m + canopy

Weight 1.3 kg

Light source 1 x E27

Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection Cl. II.

Suspension PH3½-3 Louis Poulsen – Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen

Born in Copenhagen, Poul Henningsen's mother was the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never qualified as an architect, but studied at the Technical School in Frederiksberg (Denmark) from 1911 to 1914, and then at the Technical College in Copenhagen (1914-1917).

He started out practising traditional functionalist architecture, but over the years his professional interests evolved to focus mainly on lighting, which is what he is most famous for. He also branched out into writing, becoming a journalist and author. For a brief period at the start of the Second World War, he was chief architect of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation, and soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.

His long collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor-in-chief of the business magazine "NYT". Louis Poulsen's CEO at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, offered PH the magazine because he had been sacked from the Danish newspaper he was working for (his views were too radical).

Poul Henningsen's pioneering work on the relationship between light structures, shadows, glare and colour reproduction, compared with man's need for light, remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practised by Louis Poulsen.