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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
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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
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Early and Large Poul Henningsen Pendant 5/5 Pat, Appl, in Copper, Denmark, 1928
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
POUL HENNINGSEN & LOUIS POULSEN, SCANDINAVIAN MODERN Large PH Pendant 5/5 in copper and brass, designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen. Early model. Stam...
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1920s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen

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Brass, Copper

Poul Henningsen PH5 Mini Pendant for Louis Poulsen in All White
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH5 mini pendants for Louis Poulsen in all white. Poul Henningsen originally introduced the full-sized PH 5 pendant light in 1958 as a Classic new product. No one kne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen PH 5 Pendant for Louis Poulsen in All White
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 5 pendant for Louis Poulsen in all white. Poul Henningsen introduced his iconic PH 5 pendant light in 1958. Six decades later, the PH 5 remains the bestselling des...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

Louis Poulsen PH 4½-4 Glass Pendant Lamp in Chrome by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of hand blown opal three-lay...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Steel

Louis Poulsen PH 80 Floor Lamp in White Opal by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture emits diffuse and symmetrical light. The majority of the light is directed downwards, and the opal acrylic shades provide comfortable room lighting. The red hue of the to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Steel

Louis Poulsen PH 4/3 Pendant in Matte White by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of metal and painted white t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

Louis Poulsen PH Louvre Pendant in White by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture provides 100% glare-free light. The geometrical, spherical design is based on the principle of illuminating all surfaces at the same angle. This ensures uniform light aro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum, Brass

Louis Poulsen PH 4½-3½ Glass Table Lamp in Chrome by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of hand blown opal three-lay...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Brass

Louis Poulsen PH 3-2½ Bollard Outdoor Lamp in Black by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades have a matte white painted interior s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Stainless Steel

Louis Poulsen PH 5-4½ Pendant in White by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
The trumpet-shaped top shade provides illumination of the area above the three lower shades, which primarily direct the light downwards. A base reflector and a blue glare ring protec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum, Aluminum

Louis Poulsen PH 4½-3½ Glass Floor Lamp in Chrome by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of handblown opal three-laye...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Brass

Louis Poulsen PH Snowball Pendant in White by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture emits comfortable glare-free diffuse light. Matte painted under surfaces and glossy top surfaces result in an attractive reflection of the diffused light, creating unifor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

Materials

Aluminum, Aluminum

Louis Poulsen Small PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Metal

Louis Poulsen PH 4/3 Table Lamp in Matte White by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of metal and painted white t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum, Brass

Louis Poulsen PH 3-2½ Bollard Outdoor Wall Lamp in Black by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades have a matte white painted interior s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen

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Stainless Steel

Danish Vintage Classic: XL Poulsen PH 6½-6 Charlottenburg Pendant, 1960s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Renens, CH
Poul Henningsen’s PH 6½-6 Charlottenburg ceiling lamp produced by Louis Poulsen, Denmark. Lamp is in very good condition, no scratches or noticeable signs of wear, they have been ...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum

Vintage Poul Henningsen PH5 Pendant Lamp
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Renens, CH
Vintage Poul Henningsen’s PH5 ceiling lamp produced by Louis Poulsen, Denmark. This lamp is in very good condition, no scratches or noticeable signs of wear, it has been tested an...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen

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Metal

Danish Design Classic Pair of Poul Henningsen PH5 Pendant Lamps, 1960s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Renens, CH
A pair of Poul Henningsen’s PH5 ceiling lamps produced by Louis Poulsen, Denmark. The lamps are in very good condition, no scratches or noticeable signs of wear, they are tested and...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen

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Metal

Danish Classic Vintage PH Artichoke Ceiling Lamp in Copper, 1980s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Renens, CH
The PH Artichoke was originally designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for a restaurant in Copenhagen and has since then developed into one of the most recognized lights from the 20th c...
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1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen

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Copper, Chrome

PH Grand Chest of Drawers, Wood Legs, Black Oak Veneer, White Ashwood Drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Created so it can be placed in the centre of a room, away from a wall, Poul Henningsen’s grand chest of drawers features wooden panels on all sides. It is designed to be admired and ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Wood, Oak

Louis Poulsen PH 5 Outdoor Copper Sconce
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
A stylish Danish mid-century outdoor copper sconce designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, model PH 5. An ideal way to bring Scandinavian modern design to every aspect of the ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Henningsen

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Copper

PH Grand Piano PH150 Excellence, cognac leather with chrome lid
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. Please contact us for individual shipping quot...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome, Aluminum

PH Stool, wood legs, black 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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Leather, Oak

PH Snake Chair, Chrome, Leather Extreme Black, Leather Upholstery, 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, wood legs, mahogany veneer, white ash wood 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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Mahogany, Wood

PH Lounge Chair, chrome, leather extreme walnut
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment! The PH Lounge Chair is a place to rest, to think and to relax. The frame of the PH Lounge Chair consists visually only of one long steel tube...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Lounge Table, Chrome, Solid Black Oak Table Plate
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The PH lounge table designed by Poul Henningsen is the perfect addition to any lounge space where a table is required to gather around or for display. Taller than a low coffee table,...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Lounge Table, chrome, solid mahogany table plate
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The PH Lounge Table designed by Poul Henningsen is the perfect addition to any lounge space where a table is required to gather around or for display. Taller than a low coffee table,...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Lounge Chair, chrome, leather extreme mocca
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment! The PH Lounge Chair is a place to rest, to think and to relax. The frame of the PH Lounge Chair consists visually only of one long steel tube...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Lounge Chair, Chrome, Hallingdal Black 190
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment! The PH lounge chair is a place to rest, to think and to relax. The frame of the PH lounge chair consists visually only of one long steel tube...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Grand Piano PH186 Excellence, Mocca Leather with Chrome Lid
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. Please contact us for individual shipping quot...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Silver Plate, Chrome

PH Upright Piano, Cognac Color Leather with Chromed Metal Parts and Wood Panels
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. For those who want a traditional acoustic u...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Grand Piano PH186 Excellence, Red Leather and Chrome Lid
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. This PH Grand Piano is crafted in 2018 and ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Pianette, Cognac Color Leather, Wood Panels and Chromed Metal Parts
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. The PH Pianette is designed by the Danish d...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Grand Piano PH150 Excellence, Black Leather with Chrome Lid
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
- All prices are listed ex works. - 5 year guarantee. - We regularly crate, ship and install PH Pianos worldwide with full insurance. Please contact us for individual shipping quot...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Office Desk, Chrome, Red Painted Polished, Satin Matt Drawers, Green Leather
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bold and colorful, this desk will add style and character too your working day. Poul Henningsen designed this masterpiece in 1935. A harmony of striking aesthetics and practicality, ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Leather, Wood

PH Office Desk, Chrome, Mahogany Venee, Red Satin Matt, Solid Wood Edges
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Bold and colorful, this desk will add style and character too your working day. Poul Henningsen designed this masterpiece in 1935. A harmony of striking aesthetics and practicality, ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Mahogany

PH Grand Dressing Table, brass legs, black oak veneer, white ash wood drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Designed in 1920 by Poul Henningsen (PH), the PH Grand Dressing Table is the larger relative of the PH Dressing Table, sharing all of the beautiful design features of its narrower co...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Brass

PH Grand Dressing Table, brass legs, natural oak veneer, white ash wood drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Designed in 1920 by Poul Henningsen (PH), the PH Grand Dressing Table is the larger relative of the PH Dressing Table, sharing all of the beautiful design features of its narrower co...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Brass

PH Small Drawer Chest, Wood 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 Armchair, Chrome, Leather Extreme Walnut
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Reminiscent of the roots of a tree, the legs of the PH armchair provide a stability and strength that is refined, unobtrusive and does not distract visually from the body of the chai...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Armchair, Chrome, Leather Natural Un-Dyed
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Reminiscent of the roots of a tree, the legs of the PH armchair provide a stability and strength that is refined, unobtrusive and does not distract visually from the body of the chai...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Armchair, Chrome, Leather Extreme Mocca
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Reminiscent of the roots of a tree, the legs of the PH armchair provide a stability and strength that is refined, unobtrusive and does not distract visually from the body of the chai...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Dressing Table, mahogany veneer, white ash wood drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Luxurious as well as practical and functional, the PH Dressing Table is the perfect place to take a moment for oneself every day. Timelessly elegant, the Poul Henningsen designed Dre...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Mahogany, Wood

PH Dressing Table, black oak veneer, white ash wood drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Luxurious as well as practical and functional, the PH Dressing Table is the perfect place to take a moment for oneself every day. Timelessly elegant, the Poul Henningsen designed Dre...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Wood, Oak

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 Dressing Table, Natural Oak Veneer, White Ashwood Drawers
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Luxurious as well as practical and functional, the PH dressing table is the perfect place to take a moment for oneself every day. Timelessly elegant, the Poul Henningsen designed Dre...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Wood, Oak

PH Chair, chrome, hallingdal light grey 126
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
In creating the PH Chair, Poul Henningsen sought to reinvent a number of classic furniture designs that had traditionally been constructed of wood, such as the frequently encountered...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Chair, chrome, leather extreme mocca
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
In creating the PH Chair, Poul Henningsen sought to reinvent a number of classic furniture designs that had traditionally been constructed of wood, such as the frequently encountered...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Chair, chrome, leather extreme walnut
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
In creating the PH Chair, Poul Henningsen sought to reinvent a number of classic furniture designs that had traditionally been constructed of wood, such as the frequently encountered...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Chair, chrome, leather extreme indianred
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
In creating the PH Chair, Poul Henningsen sought to reinvent a number of classic furniture designs that had traditionally been constructed of wood, such as the frequently encountered...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Axe Table, Black Oak Legs, Veneer Table Plate, Red PH 3 ½ - 2 ½ Lamp
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Inspired by the humble axe handle, Poul Henningsen has utilized this familiar and tactile shape to provide the basis for the legs of the versatile table. This piece of furniture s...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Wood, Oak

PH Circle Table, Natural Oakwood Legs, Laminated Plate
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The intricately shaped legs of the PH Circle Table – inspired by the agile movement of the scarab beetle, together with the benefit of precision design and engineering – enable Poul ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Laminate, Oak

PH Dining Table, Chrome, Laminated Plate with Black Abs Edge
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The PH dining table was designed in 1937; it is simple and elegant. Function meets form and the distinctive, light look of the PH dining table makes it suitable for any purpose at th...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Chrome

PH Circle Table, Natural Oakwood Legs, Veneer Table Plate and Edge
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
The intricately shaped legs of the PH Circle Table – inspired by the agile movement of the scarab beetle, together with the benefit of precision design and engineering – enable Poul ...
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2010s Danish Bauhaus Poul Henningsen

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Wood, Oak

PH Mirror, white painted satin matt, diameter 360mm, on/off pull cord, ph
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

PH Mirror, Copper Brushed, 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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Copper

PH Mirror, Black Painted Satin Matt, on/off Pull Cord, ph
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

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