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Poul Henningsen Furniture

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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Creator: Poul Henningsen
Dealer: Almond & Co.
Poul Henningsen Pendant
By Poul Henningsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pendant lamp for Louis Poulsen - 4.5/4 with upper aluminum shade and 2 Lower glass rings.
Category

1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

Materials

Glass

Poul Henningsen, PH 3/2 Table Lamp, Early Model
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A table lamp by Poul Henningsen with browned brass frame, socket cover and top, mounted with 3/2 patinated copper shade set. No switch on the frame. Stamped 'Pat. Appl.' (highly valu...
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Furniture

Materials

Brass, Copper

Orange Pendant Ph-4/3 by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A group of eight orange lacquered metal pendants by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark. Each pendant has 8' of cord. Priced individually.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Henningsen Furniture

Materials

Metal

Straight Arm PH 4½/3 Copper Sconce by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A PH 4.5/3 outdoor sconce with a straight arm. The sconce is made from copper and has been restored so it is bright and shiny. The underside is painted white to reflect the light and...
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1960s Danish Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

Materials

Copper

Curved Arm PH 4½/3 Copper Sconce by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A PH 4.5/3 outdoor sconce with a gently curved arm. The sconce is made from copper and has been restored so it is bright and shiny. The underside is painted white to reflect the ligh...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Poul Henningsen Furniture

Materials

Copper, Enamel

Poul Henningsen Pair of Limited Edition Three-Arm Chandeliers
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of three-arm "PH Stammkrone" chandeliers by Poul Henningsen. Both featuring 2/1 opal glass shade sets and browned brass hardware. Designed in the 1950s, later limed edition pr...
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1950s Danish Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Furniture

Materials

Brass

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Located in San Francisco, CA
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By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
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Poul Henningsen furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Poul Henningsen furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are 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. We have 244 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 483 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Poul Henningsen were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen, and Fog & Mørup. Prices for Poul Henningsen furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $287 and can go as high as $332,864, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,283.
Questions About Poul Henningsen Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Poul Henningsen is famous for designing 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. Some of his most iconic pieces include the Spiral, made of a single ribbon of enameled aluminum, and the Artichoke lamp, whose 70 glass or metal fins in a staggered and graduated arrangement on a central steel frame resemble those of its namesake. Find a collection of Poul Henningsen lighting on 1stDibs.

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