Sus­tained Lead­er­ship

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The im­por­tance of the 1924c ol­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Louis Poulsen and Poul Hen­ningsen lies in the foun­da­tion of a light­ing phi­los­o­phy that re­mains in force to this day at the com­pany:Des ign to shape light. Its fo­cus is on the way il­lu­mi­na­tion is con­trolled and di­rected

an it­er­a­tion of the prin­ci­ple of form fol­low­ing func­tion. The de­sign of the lamp or ap­pa­ra­tus gives way to what it in­tends to do with light. Nev­er­the­less, this vi­sion of de­sign­ing light has yielded stun­ning ob­jects that of­ten seem to over­ride what they were sup­posed to de­liver. With­out the light, they re­main cool, space defining col­lectible ob­jects with beau­ti­ful sculp­tural out­look. From Ar­ti­choke to Enigma, from in­door lamps to out­door light­ing, Louis Poulsen has amassed col­lec­tions for var­i­ous spa­ces in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial, in­sti­tu­tional and pub­lic. Through the years, Louis Poulsen would con­tinue to mine close part­ner­ships with de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects and other tal­ents. To date, be­sides Hen­ningsen, the ros­ter in­cludes Scan­di­na­vian de­sign giants Arne Ja­cob­sen and Verner Pan­ton, as well as con­tem­po­rary mas­ters ivind Slaatto, Al­fred Ho­mann, Clara von Zw eig­bergk, Oki Sato, Louise Camp­bell, and Chris­tian Flindt, to name a few. Its ex­port foot­print of 50 coun­tries world­wide, fore­shad­owed by Louis Poulsens rev­o­lu­tion­ary at­tempt in the 1920 s to reach out to dif­fer­ent mar­kets, en­sures con­tin­ued in­ter­na­tional rel­e­vance. Last month, the ac­qui sition of Louis Poulsen by an in­vest­ment sub­sidiary of In­vestin­dus­trial was made pub­lic. The trans­ac­tion, fi­nan­cial de­tails of which were not dis­closed, is ex­pected to be fi­nal­ized in the third quar ter of this year. In­vestin­dus­trial is in­vested in a num­ber of de­sign com­pa­nies that is has ac­qui red in suc­ces­sion, be­gin­ning with Flos in 2014, B&B Italia in 20 15, Ar­clinea in 20 16, and Oka last year. In­deed, the ques t to de­sign to shape light looks set to go on.

Enigma an ar­rest­ing vi­sion

PH 5 in cop­per

Ar­ti­choke in cop­per

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