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PH 80 Large Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen in 1974

US$1,573.92Asking Price

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PH 80, large table lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen in 1974 - gorgeous Danish Modern opal table light in RARE excellent vintage condition. A very appealing shaped table lamp with a round black ABS base, from where a chrome plated stem emerge and carries three high gloss opal acrylic shades with a black and red polycarbonate reflector on top. The reflector ensures a warmth in the ambiance, while the opal shades softens the illumination and direct most of the light downwards, making for a very pleasant room lighting. The PH 80 was put into production by Louis Poulsen after Henningsen's death, as a celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday (hence the name). It is based on the principle of the reflective three-shade system - invented by Poul Henningsen in 1925-1926. Instead of glass, Louis Poulsen used opal acrylics to make a less expensive product with the same lighting qualities as a glass fixture. It was released in two models - a table lamp and a floor lamp, the latter is still in production, whereas the table lamp is no longer in production. Emitting the trademark PH glare-free light - soft and diffused - it has endless uses in the stylish modern home. An impressive beauty alight as well as idle. Condition: The piece I have for sale is one of the first editions - it features an on/off string switch with a small Bakelite part at the end (fully functional) and two early Louis Poulsen labels - and it is in RARE excellent vintage condition with minimal signs of usage and age - only one tiny thing is, that the small Bakelite part on the on/off string switch has damage (shown in photo 8). Please check photos. All original with 2,50 m (8' 4.2") black plastic cord and Euro style plug - which is easily changed to your specific plug. Tested and fully functional! Cleaned, labeled and packed in protective bag. Light source: One bulb, Edison screw-fitting (E27/E26) Max 100 Watt.

Details

  • Creator
    Poul Henningsen (Designer),Louis Poulsen (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.38 in. (67 cm)Diameter: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1974
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent vintage condition, minimal signs of usage and age - only one minor thing is, that the small Bakelite part on the on/off string switch has damage (shown in photo 8). Labels intact. Please check photos.
  • Seller Location
    Frederiksberg, DK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #169151stDibs: LU2093310259453

About the Designer

Poul Henningsen

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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