PH 5 – 4 1/2
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About the design
PH 5-4 1/2 is a beautiful large top tier Danish design piece, made for high hanging. Originally designed by the “Master of Light” himself – Poul Henningsen, for Louis Poulsen.
The PH 5-4 1/2 pendant is a four screen lamp. Poul Henningsen (PH) designed the three-screen system as early as 1925-1926, when the first lamps were drawn for an exhibition in Paris. Throughout his life PH sought to create the perfect glare-free light – directing light where it is needed and casting soft shadows.
In 1931 the 4-screen system was launched, in order to create a fixture that could be mounted high up and thus provide an alternative to the frequently used chandeliers. The PH 4-shade lamp was designed to increase the amount of light emitted horizontally from the lamp, thereby providing more lighting on walls and shelves, than the ordinary 3-shade lights.
It was taken out of the Louis Poulsen standard productrange in the 40s, but was re-designed in 1979 by two Danish architects Sophus Frandsen and Ebbe Christensen for the exhibition building Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, in a larger size: PH 6 1/2-6. In 1984, the smaller version PH 5-4 1/2 was designed for the Concert Hall in Århus.
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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 …