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15 March 2019

Design icons: Louis Poulsen PH lights


 David Village Lighting introduces Louis Poulsen’s stunning new finishes in the PH range. PH5 and PH Artichoke are amongst Henningsen’s most renowned designs for Louis Poulsen. To commemorate 125 years since the designer’s birth, these designs receive a new precious metallic finish. PH5 & PH5 mini are available in a polished brass finish and the PH Artichoke in a copper rose finish.


At David Village Lighting we value brands with rich history and inspirational thinkers such as designer Poul Henningsen. 


We are proud to display a variety of lighting from Louis Poulsen in our new showroom; we think you will love them as much as we do!


Louis Poulsen Poul Henningsen


Iconic Danish designer Poul Henningsen began a lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen in 1924. Henningsen was known to be an unconventional thinker and had a rebellious streak which he applied to his designs and philosophies. His lighting was based entirely around the ‘human experience’, moving away from the traditional concept of making items to only please aesthetically. If Henningsen’s lighting designs looked ‘beautiful’ then it was just a coincidental by-product!


The PH collection was named after Poul Henningsen, all of the designs followed his values of creating glare-free light which is atmospheric and enjoyable.


Key elements within his designs were the lighting structure and how this affects the interplay of shadow and glare, combined with colour reproduction. Poul Henningsen created and shaped light.


Louis Poulsen PH5 brass


To mark 125 years since the birth of its creator, and over 60 years since its initial release, PH5 and PH5 mini receive a polished brass central tier. The stunning warm toned brass elegantly reflects its surroundings, organic hues add a welcoming glow to contemporary spaces. The brass feature is a raw untreated material. Louis Poulsen wants to celebrate this changeable element by allowing the patina to develop, as a result of the material’s interaction with the surrounding environment. Over time the brass will take on deeper golden tones, showing that this design is a timeless classic which does not follow fleeting trends.


Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke


PH Artichoke came from a project called Langelinie Pavillonen, a stunning modernist building which overlooks the sea. Poul Henningsen was tasked with designing a light specifically for this space: in 1958 the PH Artichoke was born. The oversized design enables the light source to be hidden within layers of beautiful metallic leaves, producing evenly distributed and glare-free light. To counteract the cool tones within the Langelinie Pavillonen sea-side restaurant, Henningsen created the Artichoke with warm copper leaves and a rose finish inside to give an intimate ambience for its patrons. For the 125th anniversary, Louis Poulsen bring back this original colourway to celebrate the genius of Poul Henningsen.


Take a look at the timeless designs of Louis Poulsen and find your favourite…


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