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 mark Poul Henningsen's 120th birthday, Louis Poulsen launched the beautiful PH 3½-3 pendant, based on Poul Henningsen's original drawings from the late 1920s and early 1930s, featuring his renowned three-shade system.
 
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!
 
The PH 3½-3 pendant is a piece of Danish lighting design history. It provides functional, decorative light, and gives any interior a boost simply by being there, whether lit or unlit. It is beautiful alone, or grouped with other fixtures.  
 
Dimensions Ø33 x H30,7 cm
Material Shade: deepdrawn aluminium, suspension: silk mat brown, copper.
Finish Red, green, yellow and white, powder coated
Mounting Suspension type: Cable 2x0,75mm². Canopy: Yes. Cable length: 3m.
Weight Min: 1.3 kg Max: 1.3 kg
Light source 1 x E27
Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection Cl. II.

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PH 3½-3 pendant

 

design Poul Henningsen, 1920-30

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