Stars Shin­ing On

Louis Poulsen launches the an­niver­sary edi­tion of iconic light­ing de­signs by Poul Hen­ningsen

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Vic­tor Chen

A spirit of time­less­ness of­ten hides the fact that Mr. Poul Hen­ningsen con­ceived the PH Ar­ti­choke, PH

5, and PH Snow­ball in 1958. These light­ing de­signs have been at the fore­front of smart and stylish il­lu­mi­na­tion for six decades. While the PH Ar­ti­choke and PH 5 have since been re­leased in dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, di­men­sions and col­ors, the PH Snow­ball, which went into pro­duc­tion only in 1983, has kept its clas­sic white color ow­ing to its name.

This year, in cel­e­bra­tion of Mr. Hen­ningsen’s feats, Louis Poulsen launches a se­ries of spe­cial edi­tions: PH Ar­ti­choke in brass, and the PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in cop­per.

“The year 1958 was an in­cred­i­ble one for ar­chi­tec­ture in de­sign around the world – and cer­tainly in Den­mark,” says Mr. Ras­mus Markholt, prod­uct and de­sign direc­tor at Louis Poulsen. “There was some­thing in the wa­ter: Arne Ja­cob­sen, for in­stance, cre­ated an ar­ray of de­sign icons, which we pro­duce to this day, for his SAS Royal Ho­tel mas­ter­piece in Copen­hagen. And Poul Hen­ningsen lit up the world with three com­pletely un­prece­dented pen­dant con­cepts. His think­ing about the way de­sign shapes light has in­formed gen­er­a­tions of light­ing de­sign­ers, not to men­tion the Louis Poulsen story. So we are hon­oured to have this op­por­tu­nity to show­case how rel­e­vant his cap­ti­vat­ing, or­ganic forms con­tinue to be in the mod­ern world.”

Through the decades, the rel­e­vance of Mr. Hen­ningsen’s light­ing de­signs has not dimmed. In fact, with a cur­rent trend on cre­at­ing warm in­te­ri­ors through il­lu­mi­na­tion, the new metal­lic edi­tions in­fuse pre­cisely the right am­bi­ence and vis­ual ap­peal, while mak­ing a state­ment of time­less el­e­gance.

PH Ar­ti­choke In Brushed Brass

Orig­i­nally con­ceived for mod­ernist Copen­hagen restau­rant, Lan­gelinie Pav­il­lo­nen, the PH Ar­ti­choke pen­dant has since lit up pub­lic and pri­vate spa­ces world­wide. It has been man­u­fac­tured in metal­lic edi­tions, but this is the first time the pre­vi­ously cus­tom-made only brushed brass is be­com­ing widely avail­able.

The PH Ar­ti­choke in brushed brass, avail­able ex­clu­sively through 2018, will be en­graved with PH’s sig­na­ture and a unique num­ber. (From 2019, the PH Ar­ti­choke will be de­liv­ered with­out the an­niver­sary en­grav­ing.)

PH 5 and PH 5 Mini In Cop­per

Louis Poulsen is re­leas­ing the PH 5 and its smaller coun­ter­part, the PH 5 Mini, in com­mem­o­ra­tive edi­tions that pair cop­per shades and white tiers. The new metal­lic-and-white com­bi­na­tion high­lights Hen­ningsen’s shade sys­tem de­sign, and adds new dy­namism to one of his most recog­nised forms, with the mir­ror-like cop­per tiers re­flect­ing their sur­round­ings. This new aes­thetic also in­vites new dec­o­ra­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties, adding to an al­ready ex­ten­sive ar­ray of PH 5 colours and fin­ishes.

The PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in cop­per and white will be avail­able from Septem­ber 2018.

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