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Inspired by Louis Poulsen

In 1874, the birth of a company faced with a new way of understanding light dates back to 1874. We are in Denmark, where every form has to be in close contact with a specific function and is related to it: Louis Poulsen decides to apply this concept to newborns lamps for the home and establishes strong partnerships with artists, architects, designers and talents who are able to follow his "enlightened" vision. Together with its genius designers such as Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Øivind Slaatto, Alfred Homann, Oki Sato, who managed to create Poulsen's thought material in terms of new concepts that illuminate the individual atmospheres in which spaces and touch people, who occupy them. The company constantly offers lighting solutions in line with the living concept of the Scandinavian style, following the evolution of modern design. The numerous showrooms and masses of Louis Poulsen retailers provide assistance and support in the selection of customers who want to approach a new concept of space lighting for the first time.

The history of the icon: PH Artichoke lamp

Louis Poulsen, in his industry, has never stopped and will most likely never produce a designer gem, made with wisdom and almost maniacal geometry by artist Poul Henningsen. This designer, who has been working with Poulsen practically since its entry into the market, is endowed with an innate genius, quite crazy and visionary, but rational and focused on everyday life. He designed over 100 lamp models, all of which had one goal: to maximize the light and minimize the glare that comes from it, to provide the environment with the right mix of relaxation and perfect vision. Henningsen's work for Louis Poulsen began a brilliant career, winning numerous awards and recognition as early as 1925, when critics of the Paris exhibition Exposition internationale des arts decoratifs et industriels moderne awarded a valuable gold medal to a series of lamps. The following year 1926, Louis Poulsen successfully began distributing these light masterpieces around the world. To this day, PH Artichoke still makes a good impression in numerous public and private collections. The special construction of the "layered lampshade" gave rise to many theories about inspiration: the game of alternating plates, bowls and cups, simulation of a stylized artichoke or the famous concept of a cone. Production is completely stopped with the outbreak of World War II. After the forced war break, Louis Poulsen resumes production, and after Henningsen's success in the production of the sumptuous artichoke PH (as many as 72 trapezoid-shaped copper leaves were made for the Langelinie Pavilion). a famous and luxurious restaurant in Copenhagen), keep coming because this property has received unlimited praise from critics, the press and the public. In 1959, on the occasion of the exhibition The House the Day After Tomorrow, a rainbow version was created. From the following 1960, Poulsen achieved impressive numbers in artichoke production, distributing it virtually anywhere, in copper, steel or painted metal versions. Since then, the fame of this lamp has never waned, it was and still is the company's undisputed bestseller. Henningsen lamps sell for quite a lot of money today, hundreds of thousands of dollars. In large auction houses you can also find unpublished valuables such as the House of the Future and Spiral, of which he created two versions, wall mounted for the Scala Concert Hall in Århus and on the ceiling for the University of Århus.

The Shape of Light for Louis Poulsen

The company continues its path towards the success of "lighting forms", the undisputed leader in terms of the concept of satisfying and relaxing light diffusion. The solutions for pendant, wall, floor, recessed and table lamps presented by him are noble objects for interior design, made of high-quality materials such as blown glass, copper, metal, polycarbonate, aluminum, opal glass, PVC and acrylic glass. One of the latest achievements of Louis Poulsen is signed by Olafur Eliasson. The artist created OE QUASI LIGHT, a complex and fascinating lamp with extreme geometric shapes. The two objects that make it up are placed almost like a nest, one inside the other: outside we find an icosahedron, a rigid aluminum geometry with 20 faces and 12 vertices, internally as if suspended in a void, a second dodecahedron with 12 faces and 20 vertices. The light emission is completely spherical, the lamp can take different shapes depending on the position of the person looking at it, and is in fact conceived from a completely personal perspective. Two Louis Poulsen lamps, PH5 and PH5 Mini, were presented in limited editions for the current year. Made of brass screens alternating with so many white screens, when turned off they take on a warm and intense color, which gives the surroundings the charm of a refined and modern design, when turned on, they represent the exaltation of the concept that this company has always pursued in distributing light in the rooms.


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