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In 2017, Louis Poulsen introduced a new version of the PH 3½-2½ table lamp: now available with an opal glass shade, it has 3 frame versions : a classic chrome one, another one black metallised, and a last one brass metallised. The PH 3½-2½ table – glass shade – is based on Poul Henningsen's classic 3-shade system, which diffuses a multi-directional, non-glary and very comfortable light. Designed more than 80 years ago, the PH 3½-2½ glass table lamp did not take a wrinkle, especially with the black metallised version which gives it an industrial look.
Dimensions Ø33 x H45 cm
Finishes white opal glass shade, high gloss chrome or black metal frame
Mounting plastic cord with plug 2.5 m – switch on the cord
Weight 2.5 kg
Light source E14
Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection II w/o ground
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.
He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author. For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.
His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen Lighting still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine “NYT”. The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).
Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction—compared to man’s need for light remains the fondation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting