- July 20, 2018
Six decades ago, in 1958, lighting design pioneer Poul Henningsen redefined modern illumination with three revolutionary forms: the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates Henningsen’s contribution to design history with several special editions: the PH Artichoke in brass, the PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in copper.
Throughout 2018, the PH Artichoke and the PH 5 will be celebrating six decades of transforming spaces with their thoughtful illumination and sculptural form. The PH Snowball has also existed since 1958, when it was exhibited alongside the PH 5 at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art. However, it was not until 1983 that the PH Snowball gained the attention of its counterparts and went into production. Today, all three designs hold iconic status in the Louis Poulsen collection, with the PH Snowball remaining available in classic white in keeping with its name.
“The year 1958 was an incredible one for architecture in design around the world – and certainly in Denmark,” says Rasmus Markholt, Product & Design Director at Louis Poulsen. “There was something in the water: Arne Jacobsen, for instance, created an array of design icons, which we produce to this day, for his SAS Royal Hotel masterpiece in Copenhagen. And Poul Henningsen lit up the world with three completely unprecedented pendant concepts. His thinking about the way design shapes light has informed generations of lighting designers, not to mention the Louis Poulsen story. So we are honoured to have this opportunity to showcase how relevant his captivating, organic forms continue to be in the modern world.”
With today’s interiors focusing increasingly on creating a warm, human ambience, the new metallic editions infuse precisely the right ambience and visual appeal, while making a statement of timeless elegance.
A new exhibition of important craft and design from Denmark, Finland, Noway and Sweden has launched at Manchester Art Gallery. Nordic Craft and Design will showcase furniture, fashion, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery and lighting from the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition will feature Louis Poulsen’s most influential design piece, Poul Henningsen’s artichoke. The exhibition will run until the 7th July 2019.