PH 4/3 Table lamp
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About the design
The PH 4/3 Table lamp is designed by Poul Henningsen (PH) for Louis Poulsen in 1966.
It is a super stylish table lamp, comprised of a circular chromed plated brass base with a black molded Bakelite triangular piece in the middle, echoed at the end of the chromed plated steel arm. The upper triangle acts as base for three white powder coated aluminum shades, and on top sits three aluminum screws which fasten the shades to each other as well as the triangular Bakelite piece.
The PH 4/3 table lamp is part of PH 4/3 series, introduced in 1966, which were designed due to the desire to hang PH pendants at lower heights. It’s design is based on the same principle as PH’s other three-shade lighting fixtures. PH, in collaboration with Louis Poulsen, designed the three-shade system as early as 1925, when he was drawing the first lamps for an exhibition in Paris. It is called a ‘hybrid’ model by using a top shade from a PH 4/4 and a lower shade from a PH 3/3 – thus providing more downward directed illumination.
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.
Along with PH Wall, the PH 4/3 series was the last lights, Poul Henningsen designed before his death in 1967.