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Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen (Denmark, 1894–1967)
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 4 1/2 - 4 Pendant
PH 4 1/2 - 4 Pendant
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Poul Henningsen "PH Charlottenborg" Pendants
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful large pendants by Poul Henningsen for the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, produced by Louis Poulsen, the enameled metal body is predominately white with grey ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Metal

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

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Brass, Opaline Glass

Poul Henningsen PH 4½/4 Copper Pendant
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful PH 4½/4 copper pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, the current drop of the fixture (42") can be adjusted per request.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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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

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Brass, Opaline Glass

Poul Henningsen Ph Louvre Pendant Light
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen Kontrast Lamp
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

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Poul Henningsen Wall Lights Model PH-2/1 by Louis Poulsen
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Poul Henningsen Five-Arm Chandelier, 1930
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Poul Henningsen PH 4/3 Floor Lamp
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Poul Henningsen 'Vandpumpen' Floor Lamp, 1940
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Stunning 1940s floor lamp, model 'Vandpumpen' (water pump) by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, with adjustable arm. (H.130-150 cm) upper shade and socket cover in brass, middle and...
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Poul Henningsen Three-Arm PH 3/2 Copper Chandelier
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Poul Henningsen PH 4½/4 Copper Pendant
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wonderful PH 4½/4 copper pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the current drop of the fixture (42") can be adjusted per request.
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