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 – 60 Years Anniversary Edition

hues of rose
hues of red
hues of orange
hues of grey
hues of green
hues of blue
new white (bronze struts)
classic white (purple struts)
The PH 5 Mini, with a diameter of 30 cm, is a scaled down version of the iconic PH 5 (50 cm in diameter). Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 in response to constant changes to the shape and size of incandescent bulbs by bulb manufacturers. At the introduction of the PH 5, Poul Henningsen wrote the following: “After 33 years of basically Christian behaviour I have converted to Islam in my relationship to the manufacture of incandescent bulbs. For a generation I have believed that consideration for the consumer and common sense would prevail, but now I have become a fatalist. I have accepted fate, and with Louis Poulsen´s permission I have designed a PH fixture which can be used with any kind of light source, Christmas lights and 100 W metal-filament bulbs. Although a fluorescent tube would be too much to ask in the existing form!”.
 
The PH 5 was introduced as a classic new product, and no one knew at the time that it would eventually become synonymous with the PH light. Irrespective of how the light is installed or the light source used, the PH 5 is and remains completely glare-free. The fixture was christened PH 5 due to the 50 cm diameter of the main shade. Poul Henningsen wanted to improve the colour reproduction characteristics of the light source in the PH 5. Small red and blue shades were therefore inserted to supplement the colour in the part of the spectrum where the eye is least sensitive – the red and blue areas – thereby subduing the light in the middle yellow-green region where the eye is most sensitive.
 
The PH 5 design has been regularly updated as light sources have developed. Like the PH 5, the PH 5 Mini is available in the classic white version, a modern white model and in six colour versions, where the colour is darkest at the top and gradually lightens moving down from shade to shade. The struts are purple on the ‘classic’ model and bronze-coloured on the other seven versions. The reflector ring colour contrasts with the other hues. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this beloved pendant, Louis Poulsen released the PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in an edition that pairs copper shades and white tiers. The new metallic-and-white combination highlights Henningsen’s shade system design and adds new dynamism to one of his most recognised forms, with the mirror-like copper tiers reflecting their surroundings.
 

Finish  Classic White, New white, hues of blue, green, grey, orange, red or rose. Matt coated.
Light source 1 x E14
Material Spun aluminium
Dimensions Ø30 x H16.3cm
Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection I w. ground.

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PH5 Mini pendant

 

design Poul Henningsen, 1958 / 2017

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