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Louis Poulsen

Danish

Louis Poulsen is world-renowned as an innovator in modern Danish lighting, but this wasn’t the goal from the start. Founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importer, the business went through several incarnations before its first pendant lights came to fruition. Through its designs, the company helped establish the foundations of good lighting — function, comfort and ambience — that are now standard in modern furniture design.

In 1924, Danish architect Poul Henningsen partnered with Louis Poulsen & Co., then an electrical supply company, to create what’s now known as the Paris lamp. This design, which incorporated three layers of curved metal disks, created ambience with its indirect light instead of glare. Shown at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris — the exhibition that brought Art Deco design to worldwide attention — the Paris lamp was awarded a gold medal. This led to Poulsen and Henningsen working together on several lighting pieces, including the popular PH pendant light with its concentric shades for the Forum Building in Copenhagen. These high-profile projects helped make Louis Poulsen a go-to purveyor of innovative lighting design.

One of the company’s most well-known lamps is Henningsen’s PH Artichoke lamp (1958), with its 72 copper leaves artfully placed to conceal the light bulb, prevent glare and promote a warm, alluring glow in any room. Another is the steel and die-cast zinc AJ lamp (1960), which Arne Jacobsen designed with an adjustable angled shade for his commission for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The company has also worked with notables such as Verner Panton and Alfred Homann as well as, more recently, Louise Campbell and Oki Sato.

In 2010, the company was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Honors in Collaborative Achievement Award; it was the first lighting manufacturer to receive this honor. In 2018, the company was acquired by an investment subsidiary of Investindustrial VI L.P. Still headquartered in Denmark, the brand continues to produce its high-end lighting for both indoor and outdoor use, manufacturing both classic icons as well as new designs. “We design to shape light,” states Louis Poulsen. In doing so, they have also shaped culture.

Find a range of new and vintage Louis Poulsen floor lamps, table lamps and other lighting and furniture on 1stDibs.

First Edition Poul Henningsen 'Artichoke' Chandelier with Copper Shades
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 'PH-Artichoke' pendant, patinated copper, design 1957, manufactured 1950s, Denmark. The 'Artichoke' pendant is an all time eyecatcher in the ligh...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Copper

Louis Poulsen PH 5 Pendant Light in Orange by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Verner Panton White Moon Lamp Visor Lamp, Op-Art, Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Louis Poulsen
Located in Vienna, AT
An early model of the iconic Space Age mid-century moon lamp, also known as the visor pendant lamp, designed by Verner Panton in the 1960s and executed by Louis Poulsen, Denmark. This piece consists of ten white, rotatable, enameled metal blade rings...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Pale Rose PH 2/2 'Question Mark' Glass Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Pale Rose PH 2/2 'Question Mark' Glass Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen Originally introduced as the "nightstand lamp" in 1939, this authorized re-edition of the PH 2/2 table lamp is ex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Brass

Bjarne Bech Metal Outdoor Wall Lamps for Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Bjarne Bech, Louis Poulsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Outdoor wall lamps made of galvanized steel, designed in the 1930s by Bjarne Bech and produced by Louis Poulsen.
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Steel

Poul Henningsen PH 3/2 Pale Rose Glass and Brass Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 3/2 Pale Rose Glass and Brass Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen Poul Henningsen’s legendary design stems from his own, brilliant three-shade system from late 1920s. He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Brass

Large Vilhelm Lauritzen VL45 'Radiohus' Pendant in Pale Rose for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Vilhelm Lauritzen VL45 'Radiohus' pendant in pale rose for Louis Poulsen. Originally designed in the 1930s by Vilhelm Lauritzen in partnership with Louis Poulsen for the const...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal, Brass

Poul Henningsen PH 3½-3 Pale Rose Glass Pendant for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 3½-3 Pale Rose Glass Pendant for Louis Poulsen The PH 3½-3 Glass Pendant is one of many advanced projects undertaken by Poul Henningsen in the development of his ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Brass

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Louis Poulsen furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Louis Poulsen furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Louis Poulsen were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Poul Henningsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen, and Alfred Homann. Prices for Louis Poulsen furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $485 and can go as high as $60,379, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,402.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sleek and elegant Louis Poulsen lights are a Danish company, founded in 1874. Originally, the company was a tool and electrical supplies company and when the founder died, a nephew, Louis, took over and moved the company to Nyhavn. In 2019, another move happened and the headquarters moved to Holmen, Copenhagen, which is where it is today. The company again turned directions and focused on lighting, winning raves and a serious following.

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