Danish luminaire design
The Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen has a long tradition in the production of luxury lighting and electrical equipment. Its roots go back to 1874, when Ludvig R. Poulsen opens a wine importer, four years later closes again, to lift his second business, a sale of tools and electrical equipment, in 1892. In 1906 nephew Louis takes over the business of his now deceased uncle and two years later moves house to the Nyhavn (Danish for “new port”), a central port of the Danish capital Copenhagen. The address Gammel Strand 28 is home of the headquarters and Louis home until today.
With Poul Henningsen Louis Poulsen starts 1924 cooperations with visionary designers. Thus, the Danish company has become one of the world’s most innovative manufacturer of lighting solutions. The revolutionary ideas of designers and architects such as Verner Panton, Poul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen, and their visionary lighting concepts could become reality only by profound production know-how.
Once many of these products began as a crazy idea. The involvement of new lighting technologies and with qualified trade partners on the spot either designers and end-consumers alike can be delivered with efficiently and elegant lighting solutions. Many of Louis Poulsen produced lamps have become charismatic classics over the years. This is partly based on their outer appearance – on the other side reasoned in the unique light experience they offer.
Thus Poul Henningsen designs a glare-free suspension lamp in 1958, named after his initials and still produced minimally modified by Louis Poulsen: PH 50. This number indicates the diameter in centimeters. Also Verner Panton’s designs work with glare-free light.
Once the manufacturer of a variety of Panton lamps, today Louis Poulsen still manufactures one single model in two configurations: the Panthella T for Table Lamp and Panthella F for Floor Lamp.