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