A true chameleon of the arts, Poul Henningsen impressed Denmark with his many talents. Writer, director, architect and lamp-maker, Poul Henningsen is one of the most prominent Danish personalities of his time. He owes above all his fame to his famous lamps, manufactured at the time by the firm Louis Poulsen in Copenhagen.
POUL HENNINGSEN: AN AMAZING LIFE COURSE
Born in Denmark in 1894, Poul Henningsen studied at the Technical School in Copenhagen before taking an interest in architecture. From 1920, after the end of the First World War, he worked as an independent architect and wrote in some newspapers. With strong political opinions, he advocates a modern culture and a life more in harmony with nature. He does not hesitate to make many criticisms about the Danish society of the time and approaches anti-fascist organizations. He fled to Sweden during the Second World War, and later became extremely isolated due to his communist leanings. A few years before his death, he became a member of the Danish Academy. He died in 1967, leaving behind a certain mark on Danish culture.
A RENOWNED LIGHTING DESIGNER
At the same time as his writings and reviews, Poul Henningsen, nicknamed PH, has created more than a hundred lamp models. Manufactured by Louis Poulsen, they were first exhibited at the International Exhibition of Decorative and Industrial Modern Arts in 1925. His lamps caused such enthusiasm among the public that they propelled Poul Henningsen on the international scene. The Vintage Furniture has some examples, such as this lacquered aluminum suspension, perfect example of PH’s desire to create a soft and warm light. His worldwide success make these lamps pieces very sought after by amateurs.