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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.

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$2,757
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Set PH 4.5 Copper Wall Lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, DK 1980s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of two PH 4.5 copper wall lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark 1980s. This iconic lamp was first designed in 1966 and has been a Classic ever since. These wall l...
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1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Copper

Table Lamp "PH-Lamp by PH / Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen, 1930s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Odense, DK
Early and important PH-table lamp model "3/2" by Poul Henningsen manufactured at Louis Poulsen, Copenhagen in 1933. The lamp base is made from patinated browned brass and the shades ...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Iron

Vintage Verner Panton Enamel Flowerpot Pendant Lamp by Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Verner Panton, Louis Poulsen
Located in Krefeld, DE
Very nice red enamel flowerpot pendant lamp design Verner Panton in 1968 produced by Louis Poulsen, Made in Denmark. In enameled metal no more in production. The lamp is in good cond...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Metal

PH5 lamp, P. Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1980s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Chorzów, PL
The iconic PH5 lamp designed by P. Henningsen from 1958. for Louis Poulsen. Manufactured in the 1980s Very good condition. Dimensions: Height 28 cm, diameter. 50 cm.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Pair of Kontrast pendants by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Pair of pendant lights, model Kontrast, designed in 1960 by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. Made of aluminium ten aluminium shades held together with three steel supports. The li...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum

Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen "Panthella" Table Lamp
By Verner Panton, Louis Poulsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
A genuine Danish mid-century Space Age-style table lamp designed by Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen, c. 1970's. This iconic model "Panthella" lamp features an eggshell base with a wh...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Ph 6½-6 Pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark 1980’s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lovely PH 6½-6 pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark 1980’s. This is the largest version and features white lacquered metal shades. Poul Henningsen designed the lamp ...
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1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen, "PH Artichoke" Pendant, Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Artist Poul Henningsen (1894 Ordrup, Denmark – 1967 Hillerød, Denmark) was a famous Danish architect, designer, author and critic. Poul Hnningsen is considered one of the leading fi...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Louis Poulsen

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Steel, Chrome

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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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