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.

Poul Henningsen

The PH 5 was the result of Henningsen’s tireless mission to create the ultimate glare-free pendant, and features his remarkable three- shade system for mostly downward-directed light. The design eliminates glare, creating an inviting ambience focused, above all, on human comfort.
Today, six decades after its first unveiling, Poul Henningsen’s celebrated PH 5 pendant remains Louis Poulsen’s bestselling design: a testament to the revolutionary nature of Henningsen’s work to shape light.
The popularity of the original, 50-cm-wide design prompted the creation of a smaller, 30-cm-wide version – the PH 5 Mini – in 2017. Now, in celebration of one of Henningsen’s most iconic design, Louis Poulsen is releasing both versions in commemorative editions that pair copper shades and white tiers.
Whether lit or not, the pendant brings timeless elegance to diverse interiors, with the warm, mirror-like copper finish elegantly reflecting its surroundings.
Finish Polished copper and white, matt powder coated
Dimensions PH5 Ø50xH26,7cm – 2,5kg Dimensions PH5 Mini Ø30xH16,3cm – 0,9kg
Light source PH5 1 x E27 Light source PH5 Mini 1 x E14

PH 5 Copper & PH5 Mini Copper

PH Artichoke in Brushed Brass

A true icon never stops reinventing itself, and Poul Henningsen’s PH Artichoke has proven to be no exception. Since Henningsen designed the widely celebrated pendant in 1958, it has made itself at home all over the world, taking on new expressions with every new finish in interiors both classic and modern. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates the design’s 60th anniversary with a beautiful new brushed brass edition, engraved with a unique number.
Originally designed for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Copenhagen, where it still hangs today, the sculptural PH Artichoke quickly drew attention with its unique, organic form – and its ability to instantly lend a space elegance and ambience. Keeping the source of light hidden within its layers of leaves, the pendant creates soft, glare-free illumination. The brushed brass finish, which gives the familiar shape a new expression, reflects today’s interior décor while bringing timeless warmth and sophistication to diverse interiors.

Material Leaves in punched brass. Top shade in spun steel. Frame high lustre chrome plated, laser cut steel.
Dimensions Ø48xH49,7cm or Ø60xH58cm
Light source Ø48cm 1 x E27
Light source Ø60cm 1 x E27 – 96W LED 2700K – 96W LED 3000K
Light driving Ø60cm Dimmable via wireless Bluetooth (20m)
1958 is one of the most extraordinary years in the design history, particularly in Denmark. "There was a lot of excitement," says Rasmus Markholt, Director of Product and Design at Louis Poulsen, "Arne Jacobsen, for example, has created a slew of design icons, including the AJ lamp that we still produce to this day, for his masterpiece of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and Poul Henningsen has revolutionized the world of lighting with two unprecedented pendants: the PH5 and the PH Artichoke. His reflection on how design can shape the light continues to influence generations of designers ".
Louis Poulsen celebrates the 60th anniversary of these two icons with three special editions: the PH Artichoke Brass, the PH 5 Copper and the PH 5 Mini Copper.

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60 Years Special Editions 

PH 5 Copper – PH 5 Mini Copper – PH Artichoke Brass


design Poul Henningsen, 1958

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