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About the design
PH 4/3 is a beautiful top tier Danish design piece by the “Master of Light” himself – Poul Henningsen, for Louis Poulsen in 1966.
Stunningly simple and elegant, with it’s delicate aluminum shades. Emitting a soft and diffused light. It has a wide array of possible uses in the stylish modern home, and is a true beauty alight as well as idle.
The PH 4/3 was launched in 1966, it’s design based on the same principle as Poul Henningsen’s other 3-shade lighting fixtures. Poul Henningsen, in collaboration with Louis Poulsen, designed the 3-shade system as early as 1925, when he was drawing the first lamps for an exhibition in Paris.
The PH 4/3 is a simplified model of the light, PH conceived in 1929, and which was awarded First Prize at the World Exhibition fair in Barcelona that year.
Over the years, PH’s 3-shade metal pendants have been produced in many different sizes and colors – and they have heavily “inspired” almost every other Danish (and international) lamp manufacturer.
Along with PH Wall, the PH 4/3 series was the last lights, Poul Henningsen designed before his death in 1967.
Though out his life it became a mission for Poul Henningsen (PH) to create and perfect “the glare-free light” – excluding sharp direct light emittance from the bulb, and directing the light to where it’s needed, and at the same time casting off soft shadows.
The principle behind being the reflecting multi-shade system, based on a logarithmic spiral , where the focal point of the light source is placed in the center of the spiral.
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Meet the Designer
Poul Henningsen, PH was originally in training as a mason. In the years 1911-1917, he studied at the Technical Society’s school and Polytechnics. Unlike several of the other great danish architects, Poul Henningsen was not a graduate of the famous Roya …
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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 …