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Architects and Their Chairs “H”

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On February 26th

                      “H” is for Henningsen

 

Poul Henningsen, 1894-1967, Danish architect, writer, multi-artist. On the background of the emancipated radical cultural environment of the 1920s he displayed great inventiveness in many fields.
Poul Henningsen, 1894-1967, Danish architect, writer, multi-artist. On the background of the emancipated radical cultural environment of the 1920s he displayed great inventiveness in many fields.
Official website of Denmark

 

 — Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen in 1894. 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

He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author.    Living Edge

 

“1950s Poul Henningsen Artichoke Light, its kinda like an industrial/no frills version of a chandelier..” Ella Drake

 

Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant light, 1958 by Louis Poulsen. / Case Da Abitare and tumblr
Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant light, 1958 by Louis Poulsen. / Case Da Abitare and tumblr

 

 

His most valuable contribution to design was in the field of lighting. He designed the PH-lamp in 1925, which, like his later designs, used carefully analyzed reflecting and baffling of the light rays from the bulb to achieve glare-free and uniform illumination. Wikipedia

Quotes from PH

“From the age of 18, when I began to experiment with light, I have been searching for harmony in lighting”

 “It doesn’t cost money to light a room correctly, but it does require culture.”

Poul Henningsen did not grew up with the electric light but in the soft glow of the petroleum lamp. His constant inspiration and aim was to cultivate the electric light to achieve a similar softness but yet utilize this new powerful light source.

“I do not subscribe to the idea of an ever-increasing demand for more powerful lighting intensity. It is tempting, but inartistic to continue to increase lighting intensity.”

    From Consulate General of Denmark in New York Copyright 1997, Consulate General of Denmark. All rights reserved and Scandinavian Design

 

 

 

via archipanic.com/louis-poulsen-relaunch-ph-lamp/ At Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015, Danish architectural lighting manufacturer Luis Poulsen relaunched an iconic PH lamp designed in 1929 by maestro Poul Henningsen. The new limited edition of PH 3½-2½ comes with a opal glass or untreated copper shade that oxidates over time.

via archipanic.com/louis-poulsen-relaunch-ph-lamp/
At Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015, Danish architectural lighting manufacturer Luis Poulsen relaunched an iconic PH lamp designed in 1929 by maestro Poul Henningsen. The new limited edition of PH 3½-2½ comes with a opal glass or untreated copper shade that oxidates over time.

 

PH 5 http://www.topsonlighting.com/ph5-pendant-lamp
PH 5
Topson Lighting

 

 

 

 

               Poul Henningsen Chair Designs

 

PH Vintage Snake Chair

PH Vintage Snake Chair

 

Pope Chair

Pope Chair

 

Dining Chair

 

 

Poul Henningsen Sprawl Chair

Poul Henningsen Sprawl Chair

 

 

We will close this post with perhaps the most flamboyant and genius design of all in the portfolio of PH…..

The Magnificent Grand Paino by Poul Henningsen looks like it came from the distant future, yet it was designed in 1931, a true timeless design undeniably ahead of its time. He designed this Piano in steel, aluminum, red leather and plexiglass, thus creating a unique design that stands out on its right as a piece of art. http://www.designisthis.com/blog/en/post/poul-henningsen-grand-piano
The Magnificent Grand Paino by Poul Henningsen looks like it came from the distant future, yet it was designed in 1931, a true timeless design undeniably ahead of its time.
He designed this Piano in steel, aluminum, red leather and plexiglass, thus creating a unique design that stands out on its right as a piece of art. http://www.designisthis.com/blog/en/post/poul-henningsen-grand-piano

 

 

Creative genius Poul Henningsen introduced his mind-altering design in 1931 – and it still belongs to the future. Look ahead twenty years. Now look again. There is nothing else like it, and there never will be. It is the first time you see a grand piano in a new light – and it changes everything.

The wooden box is turned into a thing of transparent beauty. It doesn’t take up space – it is space. And it creates a place. A place for thought.  PH Pianos website

 

This is how music looks. And what you see is what you hear - the sound is brilliant and crystal clear like the concept of the design itself. If you ever get to play it, that is. Because you can't take your eyes off it.
This is how music looks. And what you see is what you hear – the sound is brilliant and crystal clear like the concept of the design itself. If you ever get to play it, that is. Because you can’t take your eyes off it.

 

 

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