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Poul Henningsen

Danish, 1894-1967

The name Poul Henningsen is synonymous with the best and most innovative modern Scandinavian lamps and other 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 lamp (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.

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Iconic Designs from Poul Henningsen
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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 4 1/2 - 4 Pendant
PH 4 1/2 - 4 Pendant
PH Snake Chair, chrome, yellow painted satin matt, wood seat/back, visible tubes
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The PH Snake Chairs flowing lines within its steel tube design are inspired by the strong yet flexible body of a snake. It is multi-use and fits any room at home, in the apartment, i...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Small Drawer Chest, brass legs, mahogany veneer, green leather, ash drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
This small but perfectly formed storage piece is made out of wood and can be combined with soft leather on the panels. It is elegant and stylish all the way around and from all a...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Leather, Mahogany

"PH" Mirror in matt white satin aluminium, Medium diameter, on/off pull cord.
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Created in the late 1930s, the PH mirror features backlit illumination that provides a reflection that is free from shadows and glare. PH’s wall mounted mirror design fits harmonious...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen Table Lamp Model PH 2/2 'Question Mark' by Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Dronten, NL
Limited Edition PH 2/2 / the question mark. 2021 reedition by Louis Poulsen. The edition is sold out now. It was only available between 1 October to 31 December 2021. 5 pieces av...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Brass

PH Stool, Brass Legs, Natural Oak Veneer, Extreme Walnut Leather Seat
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The PH Stool is perfectly proportioned to match the PH Dressing Table or stand-alone as a functional sculpture. The PH Stool is available in mahogany, black or natural oak. The m...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Oak, Leather

PH Mirror, Brass Brushed, 360mm on/off Pull Cord, PH Initials
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Created in the late 1930s, the PH mirror features backlit illumination that provides a reflection that is free from shadows and glare. PH’s wall mounted mirror design fits harmonious...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Brass

Poul Henningsen Chrome and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
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 Poul Henningsen

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Chrome, Metal

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
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 Poul Henningsen

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Metal, Brass

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PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce
PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce
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$2,122
Number Available
4
PH 3-2 1/2 Outdoor Wall Sconce
By Poul Henningsen
Materials
Metal, Stainless Steel
Styles
Modern, Scandinavian Modern
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Snowball Pendant
Snowball Pendant
Average Price
$4,052
Number Available
3
Snowball Pendant
By Poul Henningsen
Materials
Aluminum, Metal, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
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Poul Henningsen furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Poul Henningsen are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Poul Henningsen furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 208 vintage editions of these items, while there are 325 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Poul Henningsen's original furniture was created in Scandinavian Modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Orrefors, Vilhelm Lauritzen and Louis Poulsen. Prices for Poul Henningsen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $322 and tops out at $161,310, while pieces like these can sell for $3,017 on average.

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