The lamps by Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen are distinguished by a high quality and functional design. In accord with the start-up of the second power station in Denmark the company Louis Poulsen slowly transformed from wine importer over being a retailer for tools and electrotechnical materials into today's manufacturer for design lighting.
The first lamps were created in cooperation with Poul Henningsen. The Danish designer, author, architect, and critic designed the suspension lamp PH (named with his own initials) for the Paris International Exposition in 1925 – Louis Poulsen manufactured it. His goal was to use the at the time incredible luminosity of the light bulb to its max. His 1920s designs created together with Louis Poulsen were glare-free works of wonder concerning light distribution. The PH Artichoke suspension lamp, with the original product name of Kogelen, is now one of the most popular lighting classics by Louis Poulsen. The suspension lamp is made up of 12 rows of steel arcs and 72 copper sheets that filter the light and thus masterfully exploit the full potential of the light bulb – today it is naturally also possible to illuminate it with modern illuminants, like the halogen bulb.
Aside from the cooperation with Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen also works with other famous design talents. In the 1950s and 60s this was Arne Jacobsen, who created the legendary AJ lamps for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, which were produced by Louis Poulsen. The enfant terrible of the design industry, the charismatic Verner Panton, designed the organically shaped Panthella for Louis Poulsen, whose lamp base and shade merge into each other seamlessly.
A clear design vocabulary is spoken also by today's products by Louis Poulsen: In cooperation with Louise Campbell they created the Collage 450 suspension lamp. Three overlapping lampshades with different lasered patterns create beautiful plays of light and shadow. The works by this Danish designer received numerous design awards and her feminine, playful character creates an exciting contrast to the clear lines of Scandinavian design. Her lamp LC Shutters or the floor lamp Snow for Louis Poulsen show playful details in a rather strict form.
Function, comfort, and atmosphere – these words sum up the lighting philosophy behind Louis Poulsen. The renowned company from Denmark also wants to put forward lamps in the future that might rise up into the heaven of design classics of tomorrow. In the end it all stands and falls with you, the customer.
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