PH 2/1 Pendant Light
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Design by Poul Henningsen, 1926.
By Louis Poulsen.
The PH 2/1 is a member of the PH 3-shade family which was originally conceived in the winter of 1925-26 for a large exhibition hall in Copenhagen, Denmark called "Forum". The PH 2/1 Pendant Light is based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs a majority of the light down. The shades are made of hand-blown, opal, three-layer glass, which is glossy on top and sandblasted matte on the underside, providing a soft and uniform light distribution.
The PH 2/1 Pendant Light is composed of hand-blown white opal glass shades and a chrome plated, spun aluminum suspension. Ships with a white canopy and 12 feet of black PVC power cord.
Material(s): Glass, Aluminum, Metal
Dimensions: 7.9"D X 5.5"H; 149.5" max height
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 1 X 40W 120V E12(candelabra base) G16.5 incandescent (not included)
Listing: UL, CUL, IBEW
Model(s): PH2/1-P 5741907027
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.
He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author. For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.
His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen Lighting still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine "NYT". The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).
Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproductioncompared to man's need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.See other lights/products from Poul Henningsen
Louis Poulsen's approach to architectural development began with its collaboration with famous and well respected lighting designers, like Poul Henningsen. Together they created a lighting and product philosophy encompassed by the words "function", "comfort" and "ambience". This philosophy continues to influence simple and functional product design, which focuses on well-being and the perception of artificial light, which leads to the creation of unique lighting environments. Louis Poulsen's approach to lighting lies in a very strict and uncompromising product philosophy grounded in simplicity. All elements must serve a light-related purpose. The result is a product line that displays simple and discreet designs ideally suited to all types of architecture across cultural styles.
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