Danish Modern Pendant Lamp PH5 by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. The PH 5 consists of three reflecting shades that illuminate the lamp downward and laterally, creating 100% glare-free light.
The PH5 gets its name from the diameter of the top shade, which is 5 dm or 50 cm. The PH5 Pendant is wet-painted in a with aluminum struts between the shades.
The PH5 was originally designed in the 1950’s and today is an icon of mid century Danish Design
Amongst the most famous lamps to come out of Denmark, this version in black with accents of white and red at the top and bottom. It is in excellent vintage condition, and has been rewired to American standards.
Designer: Poul Henningsen (1958)
Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen
Materials; Enameled aluminium
Size: 20”dia x 12”h
Condition: Excellent, original vintage finish and rewired to American standards.
Wear consistent with age and use.
We also have one in white with purple detail. Click here.
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.
He began by practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but his interests changed to a focus on lighting design. 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, and 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 reproduction compared to man’s need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.