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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.

Average Sold Price
$2,880
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Jens Moller-Jensen for Louis Poulsen Orbiter Pendant Lamps, Signed
By Jens Møller-Jensen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These 'Orbiter' pendant lamps were originally designed by Jens Møller-Jensen in 1963 and later manufactured in Denmark by Louis Poulsen during the 1980s. These dynamic lights are fab...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Poul Henningsen Chrome and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen chrome and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and high luster chrome plated metal finish. The mouth-blown three-layer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Chrome, Metal

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and metalized brass. The mouth-blown three-layer opal white glass shades...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal, Brass

Poul Henningsen Black Metalized and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen black metalized and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and black metalized finish. The mouth-blown three-layer opal w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Vilhelm Lauritzen Black 'Radiohus' Table Lamps for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen black 'Radiohus' table lamps for Louis Poulsen. The VL38 table lamp was originally designed in the 1930s by Vilhelm Lauritzen in partnership with Louis Poulsen for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum, Metal, Brass

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 3½-3 Pendant for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 3½-3 pendant for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal glass and a brass, chrome or black metallized frame. The Industrial look of the dark metalli...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Brass, Metal

GamFratesi Black Brass and Marble 'Yuh' Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By GamFratesi Design Studio, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Gamfratesi black brass and marble 'Yuh' table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, the Yuh reflects Louis Poulsen’s philosophy of designing to shape ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Marble, Aluminum, Brass

VL38 "Radiohus" Table Lamp by Vilhelm Lauritzen for Louis Poulsen
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Louis Poulsen re-edition of the studio table lamp that was originally designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen specifically for the Radiohuset building in Copenhagen in 1942. The fixture emits ...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum, Brass

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Louis Poulsen furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Louis Poulsen furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Louis Poulsen collection of furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have in stock 315 vintage editions of these items, and 483 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Louis Poulsen were created in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary in Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Vilhelm Lauritzen and Poul Henningsen. Prices for Louis Poulsen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $322 and tops out at $60,966, while pieces like these can sell for $1,140 on average.

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