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Rare Iconic Vintage 1958 Poul Henningsen PH 5 Chandelier Pendant Lamp

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Rare iconic vintage PH 5 chandelier pendant lamp from 1958. Poul Henningsen designed this iconic lamp in 1958 and it was presented to the public in September of the same year. During the first year of production they changed the design frequently. This is a one year only model from 1958 which makes this the oldest and rarest PH 5 lamp available and most probably the very first model put into production. This lamp has been chemically stripped and is in a brushed aluminum finish. Being over 60 years old the paint is almost never in a condition where it can be saved. And repainting a 60 year old lamp to look like new is not a good idea. There is a lot of work that goes into renovating these lamps. The quickest way to remove paint from these lamps is to media blast them. But that pits the aluminum leaving it like sand paper. So we chemically strip them which is a time consuming process as there can be many layers of old paint. Then they are clear coated to protect the aluminum. Then they are rewired with a 170cm long twisted cloth cable and grounded. A unique lamp indeed that has an industrial feel but still because of its iconic design would fit, blend and beautify any home interior.

Details

  • Creator
    Poul Henningsen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.45 in. (24 cm)Diameter: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1958
  • Condition
    Refinished. Additions or alterations made to the original: The lamp has been rewired with a black twisted cloth cable and grounded Originally it was not grounded. Rewired: The lamp has been chemically stripped of all paint given a brushed finish to texture the surface and then clear coated to protect the bare metal. Then rewired and grounded with a 170cm long twisted cloth cable. Wear consistent with age and use. The lamp does have signs of being over 60 years old but is straight and in great condition for its age.
  • Seller Location
    Søborg, DK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3823121588002

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    Ships From: Søborg, Denmark
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About Poul Henningsen (Designer)

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.


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