Poul Henningsen developed the PH5 in 1958 to create a pendant light that could use all kinds of light sources.The PH5 had been launched as a new, mundane product, and no one suspected that it would become the archetype of PH lamps. Regardless of the way the lamp is installed and the type of light source, the PH5 is and will remain completely anti-glare. A smaller version of the pendant lamp, the PH5 Mini (30 cm in diameter), appeared in the collection in 2017. Louis Poulsen reissued the PH 3½-3 pendant lamp on the occasion of Poul Henningsen's 120th anniversary, as well as the PH table lamp, both designed before 1930.
These incredibly famous designs are now available in a sleek black version for a limited edition that is both classic and modern.
Dimensions PH5 Ø50 x H26,7 cm – Mini Ø30 x H16,3 cm – PH3 1/2 - 3 Ø33 x H30,7 cm – PH3 table Ø33 x H45 cm
Light source PH5 1 x E27 – PH5 Mini 1 x E14 – PH3 1/2 -3 1 x E27 – PH3 table 1x E14
Materials spun aluminium, canopy included, cable length 3 m
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.
He started practicing traditional functionalist architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author.
For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.
His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen Lighting still benefits from his genius.
Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine “NYT”. The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).
Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction—compared to man’s need for light remains the fondation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.