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About the design
Munkegård is designed in 1957 and produced by Louis Poulsen.
A recessed light, the Munkegaard is meant to be built into the ceiling. The visible part features a brass ring encompassing an opal (milk) glass disc. The main fixture part, holding the bulb, sits inside the ceiling, ending in an edge wrapping the ceiling hole. The brass ring and glass part is suspended under this, and acts as screen for the light, and also creates a space between itself and the ceiling. Referred to as the “floating disc illusion”, the space allows for light to be directed outward spreading onto the ceiling, while the brass ring and opal glass diffuse and soften the downward light emission.
The Munkegård lamp was designed by Arne Jacobsen as a part of the interior design for public school Munkegårdskolen (1957) in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen.
Today the Munkegård lamp is considered a design classic. And there is a wide consensus among architectural historians, that the Munkegård School is one of Arne Jacobsen’s main works, and the main reason that he in 1960 was given free hands in designing the new version of St. Cathrine’s College in Oxford, on the shore of the Cherwell river.
Louis Poulsen put the light into production – with great success, and the light is still produced today, although in updated versions – the brass versions are only available by special order.
Diameter (glass incl. brass ring): 9.1″ (23 cm)
Diameter (full fixture): 9.6″ (24,5 cm)
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Meet the Designer
Arne Emil Jacobsen is probably the most renowned Danish architect and designer there is. World famous for designing multiple iconic(!) furniture pieces, lighting fixtures and buildings (primarily in Denmark, but also internationally). His works influen …
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The company Louis Poulsen actually started out as a wine importing business, founded in 1874, by Ludwig R. Poulsen. Unfortunately the business closes four year later, in 1878. But Ludwig Poulsen did not give up, and saw his opportunity to embark on a n …