“H” is for Henningsen
— 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
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
Poul Henningsen Chair Designs
We will close this post with perhaps the most flamboyant and genius design of all in the portfolio of PH…..
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