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Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Danish, 1894-1967
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.

Find a collection of authentic Poul Henningsen table lamps, floor lamps and other lighting on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Poul Henningsen
Louis Poulsen 'Toldbod' Outdoor Wall Light in Natural Aluminum
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Louis Poulsen 'Toldbod' outdoor wall light in natural aluminum. The Toldbod 6.1" Wall was launched in 2006, with a design based on Poul Henningsen's Ellipse reflector. The fixture is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen PH Hat Wall or Ceiling Light for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH Hat wall or ceiling light for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Henningsen in 1961 as a refined glare free lighting solution for bedrooms and other living applications. E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Steel

Louis Poulsen, Outdoor Wall Lamp in Black by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, outdoor wall lamp in black by Poul Henningsen Measures: Width x height x length (mm) 283 x 239 x 336, 2.4 kg Material: Shades and arm in black lacquered stainless s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Poul Henningsen PH 4½/3 Wall Lights
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Legendary 1950s PH 4½/3 copper outdoor sconces by Poul Henningsen, fully restored with plenty of the great copper patina still present, wired for US standards, one E27 socket, max. w...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Copper

Poul Henningsen Wall Lamp Model PH-1/1 by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall lamp model PH-1/1 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Set PH 4.5 Copper Wall Lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, DK 1980s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
A set of two PH 4.5 copper wall lamps by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark 1980s. This iconic lamp was first designed in 1966 and has been a Classic ever since. These wall l...
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1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Copper

Pair of Poul Henningsen PH Wall Brown Patinated Outdoor Lamps for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Poul Henningsen PH wall brown patinated outdoor lamps for Louis Poulsen. The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-1926...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Pair of Iconic Poul Henningsen 1st Edition Copper Wall Lamps by Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Søborg, DK
A pair of rare iconic Poul Henningsen 1st edition copper wall lamps PH 4.5 made in Denmark by Louis Poulsen from the 1960s The 1st edition is recognizable by the mounting box that is...
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1960s Danish Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Copper

Pair of Iconic Poul Henningsen Copper Wall Lamps by Louis Poulsen of DK
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Søborg, DK
A pair of iconic Poul Henningsen copper wall lamps PH 4.5 made in Denmark by Louis Poulsen from the 1970s This iconic lamp was first designed in 1966 and has been a Classic ever sinc...
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1970s Danish Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Copper

Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' Outdoor Sconce for Louis Poulsen in Raw Copper
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' outdoor sconce for Louis Poulsen in raw copper. The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-1926 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Poul Henningsen, Pair of PH Hat Wall Lamp, Louis Poulsen, 1961
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
This pair of PH hat wall lamp, designed by Poul Henningsen in 1961, was manufactured by Louis Poulsen & Co A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark. The hat is a mat white pained metal (iron) adjust...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' Brown Patinated Outdoor Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' brown patinated outdoor lamp for Louis Poulsen. The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-1926 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Pair of Poul Henningsen Ph Wall Darkly Patinated Outdoor Lamps for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Poul Henningsen PH wall darkly patinated outdoor lamps for Louis Poulsen. The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-192...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Pair of Poul Henningsen PH Wall Outdoor Lamps for Louis Poulsen in Verdigris
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Poul Henningsen PH Wall Outdoor lamps for Louis Poulsen in Verdigris The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-1926 whe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Poul Henningsen Wall Lamp Model PH-1 by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall lamp model PH-1 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Poul Henningsen Wall Lamp Model PH-1/1 by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall lamp model PH-1/1 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

First Edition Wall Lamp PH Hat Poul Henningsen Louis Poulsen 1960's Denmark
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Krefeld, DE
White and light pink PH hat wall lamp designed by Poul Henningsen in the 1960s and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Labeled with paper stickers from Louis Poulsen. Measure:...
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1960s Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Large Wall Lamp PH Hat Design Poul Henningsen Produced by Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Krefeld, DE
White and pink PH hat wall lamp designed by Poul Henningsen in the late 1970s and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Labeled with stickers from Louis Poulsen. In this large si...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

Crazy Patinated Poul Henningsen Copper Wall Scone
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Munich, DE
I replaced the screws for new brass ones, but will add the old ones too.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Louis Poulsen 'Toldbod' Outdoor Wall Light in Black
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Louis Poulsen 'Toldbod' outdoor wall light in black. The Toldbod 6.1" wall was launched in 2006, with a design based on Poul Henningsen's Ellipse reflector. The fixture is very sturd...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Aluminum

Poul Henningsen PH 3/2.5 Outdoor Wall Light for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH 3-2/5 outdoor wall light for Louis Poulsen. Based on Poul Henningsen's revolutionary reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Poul Henningsen, Wall Lights, Patinated Copper, Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of patinated copper wall lights / sconces. Designed by Poul Henningsen and produced by Louis Poulsen, c. 1950s.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' Darkly Patinated Outdoor Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' Darkly patinated outdoor lamp for Louis Poulsen. The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-1926...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' Outdoor Lamp for Louis Poulsen in Verdigris
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Wall' outdoor lamp for Louis Poulsen in verdigris. The PH Wall is part of the revolutionary three shade system developed by Paul Henningsen in 1925-1926 whe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Pair of Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen PH-Hat Large Sconces
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
Another ingenious lighting design from the mind of Poul Henningsen, the PH-Hat sconce is a minimalist icon. Its tiltable half-dome shade allows for adjustable brightness and look; wh...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

Pair of Wall Lamps Designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Patinated brass and amber frosted glass. Measures: H: 39 cm / 15 1/3’’ W: 12.5 cm / 5’’ D: 7 cm / 2 3/4’’.  
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1930s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Pair of Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen PH-Hat Large Sconces
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
Another ingenious lighting design from the mind of Poul Henningsen, the PH-Hat sconce is a minimalist icon. Its tiltable half-dome shade allows for adjustable brightness and look; wh...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

Louis Poulsen PH 3-2½ Bollard Outdoor Wall 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 Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Stainless Steel

Louis Poulsen, Outdoor Wall Lamp in Cooper by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, outdoor wall lamp in cooper by Poul Henningsen Size: Width x height x length (mm) 450 x 290 x 505, 6.8 kg Shades: Spun copper. Wall box and arm: Copperplated, brass...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

Danish Modern PH-Hat Pair Sconces by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1960s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Miami, FL
The PH-Hat sconce by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark in 12 inches diameter size. An articulated shaded wall light, modern and fun for added or accent lighting. Also grea...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

White Vintage PH-Hat Wall Sconce by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
1st series white PH Hat wall lamp designed by Poul Henningsen in the late 1970s and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. It features angle-adjustable shade, original pink lacque...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel

Poul Henningsen 'PH 2-1' Opaline Glass and Chrome Wall Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen 'PH 2-1' opaline glass and chrome wall lamp for Louis Poulsen. These refined wall lamps are an addition to the Louis Poulsen PH collection and are based on Poul He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum, Brass, Chrome

Poul Henningsen 'PH 3-2' Opaline Glass and Chrome Wall Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen 'PH 3-2' opaline glass and chrome wall lamp for Louis Poulsen. These refined wall lamps are an addition to the Louis Poulsen PH collection and are based on Poul He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Chrome

Copper Wall Sconce by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A nicely patinated sconce in copper designed for outdoor/indoor use.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

PH Light Mirror by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1970s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Norwalk, CT
Designed by the legendary Poul Henningsen, this wall mirror emits a soft white light from its white lacquered aluminum frame. Hang it over a vanity to provide perfect illumination to...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

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Aluminum

Large White PH-Hat Wall Sconce by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1970s
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
2st series large white PH hat wall lamp (D:30cm) designed by Poul Henningsen in the late 1970s and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. It features angle-adjustable shade, origi...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel

Poul Henningsen Ph 3-2½ Wall Lamp
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Berkeley, CA
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 American Mid-Century Modern Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

Poul Henningsen Wall Light
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Copper patinated wall light w/large shade.
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1940s Danish Vintage Poul Henningsen Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Copper

Poul Henningsen wall lights and sconces for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers Poul Henningsen wall lights and sconces for sale. 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 wall lights and sconces, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 12 vintage editions of these items, while there are 15 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original wall lights and sconces by Poul Henningsen were created in Scandinavian Modern style during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider wall lights and sconces by Vilhelm Lauritzen, Arne Jacobsen and Fog Mørup if you’re looking for additional options. Price ranges for Poul Henningsen wall lights and sconces, depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $496 and tops out at $8,961, while pieces like these can sell for $2,718 on average.

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