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Poul Henningsen Furniture

Poul Henningsen (Denmark, 1894–1967)

The name Poul Henningsen is synonymous with the best and most innovative modern Scandinavian lighting. The Danish designer created a signature vocabulary of fixtures with tiered and layered shades in sculptural arrangements that are at once naturalistic and geometric. 


Henningsen grew up in a town on the outskirts of Copenhagen and studied architecture at the Technical University of Denmark. He would become a noted art critic, journalist and screenwriter, but his first love was lighting design. Henningsen’s childhood home was illuminated by oil lamps. When his family switched to electrified lighting, he was alarmed and repelled by the harsh glare cast by an incandescent bulb, and in his late teens he began conducting quasi-scientific experiments to measure which materials and methods best diffused or reflected light to give it a warm brightness. His work came to the attention of the lighting-fixtures firm Louis Poulsen, which sponsored the development of a prototype lamp. The design won a gold medal at the 1925 Paris Expositions Internationales des Arts Decóratifs et Industriels Modernes — from which the term Art Deco derives. The lamp, whose three-part shade is said to be inspired by the arrangement of a dinner plate atop a soup bowl atop a teacup, became the basis for Henningsen’s most successful design, the PH 4/3 desk lamp.


All told, Henningsen would design some 100 lighting fixtures in his career. Some of his most notable creations are hanging lamps, which include the “Septima” (1929), a pendant composed of seven graduated frosted-glass layers; the “Spiral” (1942), made of a single ribbon of enameled aluminum; and the “Artichoke” (1958), whose 70 glass or metal fins in a staggered and graduated arrangement on a central steel frame resemble those of its namesake. The last is likely Henningsen’s masterwork and an icon of mid-20th-century design. Like all Henningsen lighting designs, it is striking, sculptural and — thanks to his insistence on the primacy of the quality of the light cast — superbly functional.


Iconic Designs from Poul Henningsen
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Artichoke Lamp
Artichoke Lamp
PH 3/2 Table Lamp
PH 3/2 Table Lamp
PH 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 Floor Lamp
PH 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 Floor Lamp
PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce
PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce
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Poul Henningsen "PH Charlottenborg PH 6 1/2-6" Pendant
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful large-scale pendant by Poul Henningsen for the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, produced by Louis Poulsen, the enameled metal body is predominately white with ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Steel, Aluminum

Poul Henningsen PH 4½/4 Copper Pendant
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Copper

Rare Poul Henningsen PH 3½-2 Table Lamp, 1930
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Brass, Opaline Glass

Poul Henningsen, PH 4½/4 Pendant Light
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1980s Danish Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Opaline Glass, Chrome

Poul Henningsen 'PH 2/2' Pendant Light
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Brass, Cord, Opaline Glass, Bakelite

Poul Henningsen Ph Louvre Pendant Light
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen Kontrast Lamp
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen "PH Stammkrone" Chandelier
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Brass, Opaline Glass

Poul Henningsen "PH Charlottenborg" Pendants
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

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Metal

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