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Now at 2Modern: New Colorways for Louis Poulsen PH5 Pendant Lamp

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It’s hard to believe that Poul Henningsen’s serene PH5 Pendant Lamp for Louis Poulsen was, in fact, a reactionary design. Henningsen dramatically declared himself a ‘fatalist’ who had surrendered to manufacturers’ inability to stop fiddling with the shape and size of the incandescent light bulb, and set about creating a — Continue reading …




 

 

GetImageIt’s hard to believe that Poul Henningsen’s serene PH5 Pendant Lamp for Louis Poulsen was, in fact, a reactionary design. Henningsen dramatically declared himself a ‘fatalist’ who had surrendered to manufacturers’ inability to stop fiddling with the shape and size of the incandescent light bulb, and set about creating a lighting model that was receptive to any kind of light bulb. “I have designed a PH fixture which can be used with any kind of light source, including Christmas lights and 100 W metal-filament bulbs (although a fluorescent tube would be too much to ask in the existing form),” he expounded, and, in 1958, his collaboration with the venerable Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen produced PH5, a layered spun aluminum pendant light 50 cm across at its broadest point.

Henningsen, an author and left-leaning intellectual, had trained as an architect, but found his calling in lighting design, examining the intricacies of light’s effect on objects, and, by association, people. He created PH5 as a wholly glare-free fixture, its 3 shades of varying sizes carefully constructed to cast both downward and lateral light, illuminating itself even as it illuminated a room. Synonymous with the Louis Poulsen brand and an icon of Danish industrial design, the PH5 Pendant Lamp’s original all-white color scheme has been expanded to include four additional colorways, and, in staying true to Henningsen’s original intent, has been beautifully adapted to accommodate energy-efficient light bulbs.PH5-Hvid-90239-m1cPH5-Hvid-90239-m3GetImage-1PH5-Army-90239-m1GetImage-2PH5-Army-90239-m3PH5-Graa-90239-m3GetImage-3PH5-Rosa-90239-m1PH5-Rosa 90239-m2


 

 

 
 
 

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