Design by Poul Henningsen, 1926.
PH 3/2 is a member of the PH 3-shade family originally conceived in the winter of 1925-26 for a large exhibition hall in Copenhagen, Denmark called "Forum" and is based on the principle of a reflecting multi-shade system, creating a harmonious and glare-free illumination. The shades are drawn over a logarithmic spiral, with the center of the light source placed in the spiral's focal point.
White opal handblown glass shades which have been sandblasted on the undersides for uniform light distribution. Black chrome or high-luster chrome-plated spun brass suspension. White ceiling canopy which mounts to a 4" octagonal junction box. 12 foot long 3-conductor, 18 AWG black PVC covered power cord.
Material(s): Handblown Glass; Chrome Plated Brass
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 1 X 75W 120V E26 (medium base) A19 incandescent lamp(not included)
Listing: UL, CUL, IBEW
Model(s): PH 3/2 P
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
Creating ideal functional, comfortable and ambience-generating lighting for people has been Louis Poulsen Lighting's mission from its incorporation. Louis Poulsen Lighting's overall ambition is to create harmonious and people-friendly lighting.
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Overall I'm pleased with the light. The shades are delicate and care must be taken with them. I don't look forward to changing the bulbs.
By:A. P. , Homeowner
One of Poul Henningsen's two most perfect designs - this and the artichoke. I used these over my own kitchen island and will never never tire of looking at it. Fear not about bulb changing, the glass is not as fragile as it appears.
By:B S. , Designer (new hope, pa)
A modern classic
Am using the fixture as a pendant in a bathroom and love the glow. Already had a Poulsen in my dining room and loved the idea of adding another to my collection.
By:Michael B. , Homeowner (Chicago, IL)
Must admit, not quite what I expected
I ordered the smaller of the lamps for a small hallway. It gives enough light but seeing the bulb so prominently and seeing the clips for the shade takes away from the intrigue. Wasn't quite worth the cost. The disadvantage of ordering online.
By:Joann B. , Homeowner (los angeles)
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