The iconic PH-lamp turns 90
To celebrate this anniversary, the Maison du Danemark in Paris has called on author Thomas Dickson to host a conference and go over the history of the famous lamp and its creator.
Presented for the very first time at the Universal Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925, the PH-lamp, conceived by Danish designer Poul Henningsen, aka PH, took home the gold. It was its first triumph before continuing to popular and commercial success.
This year it celebrates its 90th anniversary.
This object, whose geometric form places it somewhere in between sculpture and lamp, is the result of 10 years of scientific study. The goal was to create a lamp whose lighting was soft and warm.
This was achieved thanks to several reflective lampshades stacked one on top of another. The resulting light is harmonious and not blinding.
This system would subsequently feature on several models, most notably on the PH 3½-2½ table lamp produced in 1929. This lamp was re-released this year as a limited edition model made of copper. It is available to order until June 15.
The lamp's creator created more than 100 different lamps, almost all of them produced by Louis Poulsen. His research on light, its structure, shadows and man's need for light are still used by Louis Poulsen Lighting.
To celebrate this anniversary, the Maison du Danemark in Paris has called on Thomas Dickson, author of the book "Danish Design," who will host a conference on June 1 and go over the history of the famous lamp and its creator.