Design by Poul Henningsen, 1924.
PH Snowball is a 360-degree glare-free luminaire. The geometry of the PH Snowball is designed to ensure that all the illuminated surfaces of the shades are struck by the rays of light at the same angle, creating even illumination. The tops of the shades are glossy, creating sparkling light. The undersides are matte, avoiding reflections.
Spun aluminum reflector shades with white, wet painted finish on top and matte white finish on undersides. High luster chrome-plated die-cast aluminum supporting frames. High luster chrome-plated spun aluminum housing. Perforated bottom shield. Spring-loaded removable shade assembly for fast, tool-less relamping. White ceiling canopy which mounts to 4" octagonal junction box. 12 foot long 3-conductor, 18 AWG white PVC-covered power cord.
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 1 X 200W 120V E26 (medium base) A23 incandescent lamp(not included)
Listing: UL, CUL, IBEW
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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It is stunning!
This light is a true classic. It is beautiful whether it is turned on or off. It will be enjoyed for years.
By:John D. , Designer
I waffled between purchasing a pair of these or a pair of the PH 5's for months. My architect finally convinced me the Snowballs' exponential awesomeness was worth the higher price point. They arrived last week and are simply stunning. He was right.... I have no regrets!
By:Kate F. , Homeowner (Santa Monica, CA)
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