Design by Poul Henningsen, 1927.
PH 4½ - 3½ Glass Table 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. The PH 4½ - 3½ Glass Table provides soft illumination.
White opal handblown glass shades which have been sandblasted on the undersides for uniform light distribution. High luster chrome-plated brass top plate and socket compartment. Purple spun aluminum anti-glare ring. High luster chrome-plated steel stem. High luster chrome-plated brass base with on/off switch. 9 foot long black power cord with 120V plug.
Material(s): Handblown glass; chrome-plated brass; chrome-plated steel; spun aluminum
Lamp Type: incandescent
Bulbs: 1 X 100W 120V E26 (medium base) A19 incandescent lamp(not included)
Listing: UL, cUL, IBEW
Models: PH 4.5/3.5 T
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 reproductionócompared to man's need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.
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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