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

To honour Poul Henningsen’s legacy of ingenious work with shaping light, Louis Poulsen presents a very special limited edition of his treasured PH 3/2 Table lamp. The exclusive version features Italian mouth-blown, amber-coloured glass shades that accentuate the shades’ organic form paired with a brass frame.
 
The frame is based on that of a PH table lamp from around 1927. It features brass with a lightly brushed surface, the fine brush lines following the lamp’s contours and shape. Unless polished, the untreated brass allows it to acquire a beautiful, unique patina over time. The limited edition’s amber tone, glossy exterior surface, and sandblasted matt underside also enhance light distribution while creating a warm, welcoming ambience.
 
The light switch can be traced back to Henningsen’s 1927 table lamps. Also crafted from brushed brass, the through-switch is located on the stem near the base. Henningsen’s initials are beautifully engraved beneath the switch.
 
Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen initially introduced coloured, mouth-blown glass lamps in the late 1920s. Then as now, the naturally varying colourations won people over with their warmth and distinctiveness, highlighting the beauty of hand-craftsmanship. Because the glass of each shade is crafted individually, each lamp is unique – and as much a work of art as a functional addition to the spaces we cherish.
 
Glass shades also come with the added benefit of allowing light to pass through them, providing not only downward and outward but also upward soft illumination that contributes to the overall room lighting. The gentle golden glow is reminiscent of life by candlelight – an experience Henningsen was keen to recreate and augment as he worked to shape electric light to human needs.
 
Even when unlit, the sculptural PH 3/2 Table lamp continues to play a dynamic role in its environment, reflecting the surroundings off its surfaces. Its compact size makes the design ideal as an atmospheric side table or window lamp, a bedside reading lamp, or a desktop task lamp.
 
Dimensions Ø 29,7 cm. Height 47,2 cm.
Material Untreated brushed brass (surface will develop patina if left unpolished). Mouth-blown amber coloured one layered glass – glossy on the outside, sandblasted on the inside. 
Cable Brown textile cable 2m. Through-switch.
Weight 2.7 kg
Light source 1 x E14
Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection II w/o ground.

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PH 3/2 amber table lamp

limited edition – october first, 2018 – december 31, 2018

 

design Poul Henningsen, 1927

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