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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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Artichoke Lamp
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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

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

Limited Edition Poul Henningsen PH 3 1/2 Pendants in Copper
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, pendant model PH 3 1/2, copper and glass, Denmark, 1929 The PH 3 1/2 model is an old stock limited edition that is part of the 3-shade PH design t...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Bronze, Copper

Poul Henningsen Black Metalized and Glass PH 2/1 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen black metalized and glass PH 2/1 table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in mouth blown white opal glass and black metalized finish. The mouth-blown three-layer opal w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Metal

“Kontrast” Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking “Kontrast” pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen. Lacquered white on the outside and orange red and purplish blue on the inside. Spreads an amazing light, looks amazing both when ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Henningsen

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Aluminum, Steel

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 3 1/2 -2 1/2 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 3½-2½ table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal glass and a brass, chrome or black metallized frame. The Industrial look of the dark met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Brass, Metal

Purple PH5 Pendant by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen, 20th Century
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
PH5 pendant designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in the 20th Century. The pendant has purple lacquered metal shades.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Metal

Early Glass Pendant by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
An early PH three-shade pendant with original shades in matte frosted glass with brass fixtures. Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1927. Made by Louis Poulsen, Denmark.
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Henningsen

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Brass

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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.