Louis Poulsen shines

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The original PH 5 pendant by Poul Henningsen.

The original PH 5 pendant by Poul Henningsen.

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The PH 50 in chilli red, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

The PH 50 in chilli red, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

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The PH 50 in mint blue, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

The PH 50 in mint blue, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

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The PH 50 in wasabi green, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

The PH 50 in wasabi green, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

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The PH 50 in olive black, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

The PH 50 in olive black, a birthday revision of Poul Henningsen’s PH 5.

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The PH Artichoke by Poul Henningsen.

The PH Artichoke by Poul Henningsen.

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AJ Floor lamps by Arne Jacobsen, revised with colour for their 50th anniversary.

AJ Floor lamps by Arne Jacobsen, revised with colour for their 50th anniversary.

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The 2009 Toldbod 120 pendant by Louis Poulsen with mix and match coloured cords and pendants.

The 2009 Toldbod 120 pendant by Louis Poulsen with mix and match coloured cords and pendants.

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The 2009 Toldbod 120 pendant by Louis Poulsen with mix and match coloured cords and pendants.

The 2009 Toldbod 120 pendant by Louis Poulsen with mix and match coloured cords and pendants.

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Living Edge adds some classic Louis Poulsen lights to its collection. The 1958 PH 5 and PH Artichoke by Poul Henningsen, Arte Jacobson’s AJ Lamps and Verner Panton’s Panthella floor lamp.

Henningsen designed PH 5 in response to constant changes in the shape and size of incandescent bulbs. Small red and blue shades within the pendant enhance the light in the spectrum that our eyes are least sensitive to, emitting a soft glowing light, downward and laterally, without glare. He designed the PH Artichoke light for Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Copenhagen. This intricately-layered piece has seventy-two leaves delivering light in all directions without glare. The original still hangs in the Copenhagen restaurant, and the design is still in production, with much of the work done by hand.

Panthella Floor lamp, designed by Verner Panton in 1971, cleverly reflects light with both its shade and its base and carries the organic form typical of Panton’s designs.

Arne Jacobsen’s AJ lamp, designed in 1960 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen were given five new colours in 2010 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. Also recoloured for its fiftieth (in 2008), the PH 5 gave rise to the PH50 – in five high gloss colours. These are joined by another new member of the Louis Poulsen family, the 2009-designed Toldbod 120 pendant – available in four gloss and one matte colour, with a variety of coloured cords.

See more Louis Poulsen lights at Living Edge.


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