This year marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the clas­sic PH 5, de­signed by Dan­ish il­lu­mi­na­tion pi­o­neer Poul Hen­ningsen.

VOGUE Living Australia - - Contents - By Anna Del­prat Pho­tographed by Marie Louise Munkegaard

This year marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the clas­sic PH 5, de­signed by Poul Hen­ningsen

To de­sign af­fi­ciona­dos, the PH 5 pen­dant light is a fa­mil­iar sight — com­fort­ing, time­less and dis­tinctly mid-cen­tury. And when you learn that the phi­los­o­phy be­hind Dan­ish light­ing man­u­fac­turer Louis Poulsen’s best-sell­ing light — de­signed in 1958 by Poul Hen­ningsen (known as PH) — is “hu­man­cen­tric, com­fort­able de­sign”, you can ap­pre­ci­ate why it’s been so suc­cess­ful. Ras­mus Markholt, prod­uct ››

‹‹ and de­sign di­rec­tor at Louis Poulsen’s head of­fice, in the heart of sunny Copen­hagen, muses on the sub­ject: “It’s be­come a clas­sic be­cause of the sub­con­scious pleas­ant feel­ing it gives — you don’t even re­alise why you like it.”

The rea­son why is in­ge­nious. Con­ceived by think­ing about the way de­sign can shape light, Hen­ningsen’s cre­ations be­stow sub­limely dif­fused, glare-free il­lu­mi­na­tion. And it’s not just the PH 5. This en­dur­ing sen­ti­ment ex­tends to all Louis Poulsen light­ing de­signs, from the warm glow of more re­cent de­signs such as Nendo’s NJP lamp, to Hen­ningsen’s first pi­o­neeer­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Poulsen in 1926. In cel­e­bra­tion of its 60th an­niver­sary, Louis Poulsen has re­leased the now-clas­sic PH 5 de­sign in a stun­ning cop­per fin­ish, and the sculp­tural PH Ar­ti­choke, launched that same year, in a warm, brushed brass.

The bal­ance between the new and the in­nate Dan­ish re­spect for tra­di­tion is ev­i­dent in the way the brand takes on new de­signs. Rarely does it re­ceive a pitch for a new con­cept that is right, and it re­ceives many. “We com­mis­sion de­sign­ers and work closely and col­lab­o­ra­tively with them,” says Markholt. “We make sure their aes­thetic and prac­tice matches ours. A Louis Poulsen light is dis­tinct — mod­ern, sleek and clas­sic, so the range is co­he­sive. You have uber-mod­ern de­signs and pieces de­signed 100 years ago, but they all have that cov­etable Dan­ish aes­thetic.” Louis Poulsen is avail­able at Cult; cult­de­

Pow­der coat­ing in ac­tion at the Louis Poulsen fac­tory in Ve­jen, Den­mark.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP a cop­per Ar­ti­choke light be­ing made. Shelves in the Louis Poulsen fac­tory. Light pieces on a bench, ready to be made. The Ar­ti­choke pen­dant in brushed brass, its lat­est 60th an­niver­sary fin­ish. On the pro­duc­tion line.

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