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Poul Henningsen
CEILING LIGHT WITH TYPE 4 4 ½ / 4 SHADES
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Poul Henningsen
CEILING LIGHT WITH TYPE 4 4 ½ / 4 SHADES
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Poul Henningsen
CEILING LIGHT WITH TYPE 4 4 ½ / 4 SHADES
copper, brass
21.5 x 44 cm diameter (8  1/2  x 17  1/4  in.)
designed 1931
manufactured by Louis Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Literature

Tina Jørstian and Poul Erik Munk Nielsen, eds., Light Years Ahead, The Story of the PH Lamp, Copenhagen, 1994, p. 241 for a drawing, p. 242

Catalogue Note

The lighting designs of Poul Henningsen were nothing short of revolutionary. Obsessed with the idea of creating a light that evenly distributed light in a space whilst hiding the source of illumination, Henningsen reached ultimate success with his ‘PH’ shade design, circa 1925. Materials were of great relevance to Henningsen’s designs, and he experimented widely in both metal and glass shades. In 1926, desiring to create a lamp with a lesser degree of downward directional lighting, Henningsen opted for a hand-blown, opal glass shade, sandblasted to the underside. This allowed for additional distribution of light through the shades, improving the quality of universal light. Most importantly, this new shade completely eliminated any glare, an issue Henningen struggled with in his earlier metal designs. To resolve this issue, and provide a more even light around the room, Henningsen added an inverted fourth shade which allowed light to escape upwards, allowing both directional and universal light from one source. The present lot is a rare example in copper and is the larger of the two models offered at the time.

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