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Louis Poulsen

Danish

Louis Poulsen is world-renowned as an innovator in modern Danish lighting, but this wasn’t the goal from the start. Founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importer, the business went through several incarnations before its first pendant lights came to fruition. Through its designs, the company helped establish the foundations of good lighting — function, comfort and ambience — that are now standard in modern furniture design.

In 1924, Danish architect Poul Henningsen partnered with Louis Poulsen & Co., then an electrical supply company, to create what’s now known as the Paris lamp. This design, which incorporated three layers of curved metal disks, created ambience with its indirect light instead of glare. Shown at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris — the exhibition that brought Art Deco design to worldwide attention — the Paris lamp was awarded a gold medal. This led to Poulsen and Henningsen working together on several lighting pieces, including the popular PH pendant light with its concentric shades for the Forum Building in Copenhagen. These high-profile projects helped make Louis Poulsen a go-to purveyor of innovative lighting design.

One of the company’s most well-known lamps is Henningsen’s PH Artichoke lamp (1958), with its 72 copper leaves artfully placed to conceal the light bulb, prevent glare and promote a warm, alluring glow in any room. Another is the steel and die-cast zinc AJ lamp (1960), which Arne Jacobsen designed with an adjustable angled shade for his commission for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The company has also worked with notables such as Verner Panton and Alfred Homann as well as, more recently, Louise Campbell and Oki Sato.

In 2010, the company was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Honors in Collaborative Achievement Award; it was the first lighting manufacturer to receive this honor. In 2018, the company was acquired by an investment subsidiary of Investindustrial VI L.P. Still headquartered in Denmark, the brand continues to produce its high-end lighting for both indoor and outdoor use, manufacturing both classic icons as well as new designs. “We design to shape light,” states Louis Poulsen. In doing so, they have also shaped culture.

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Henning Koppel, Wall Lights, Brass, Milk Glass, Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s
By Henning Koppel, Louis Poulsen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of wall lights. Designed by Henning Koppel for Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s-1960s. Other designers of the period include Paavo Tynell, Poul Henningsen, Vilhlem Lauritzen, ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Brass

Louis Poulsen Yuh Table Lamp by GamFratesi
By GamFratesi Design Studio, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
GamFratesi’s design take their creative drive from a fusion of tradition and innovation in an experimental approach to their chosen materials and techniques. Each with their own trad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum

Louis Poulsen VL 38 Table Lamp by Vilhelm Lauritzen
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894–1984) is one of the most significant architects in the history of Denmark; he was the trail-blazing figurehead of Danish functionalism. A number of his buildi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Pair of Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen PH 4/3 Pendants
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, pair of pendants model PH4/3, in metal, Denmark 1950s. Pair of iconic PH chandeliers designed by Poul Henningsen. Consisting of three curved sh...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in Black for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in black for Louis Poulsen. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings to produce an organically shaped lamp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum, Steel

White Verner Panton Op-Art Moon Lamp Visor Lamp, Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1960s
By Verner Panton, Louis Poulsen
Located in Vienna, AT
An early model of the iconic Spage Age midcentury moonlamp or visor pendant lamp, designed by Verner Panton in 1960, executed by Louis Pulsen, Denmark. Consists of ten white rotatabl...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Louis Poulsen

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Metal

Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp in White Opal for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Located in Glendale, CA
Verner Panton Panthella Mini LED table lamp in white opal for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal acrylic. The Panthella mini LED table lamp uses Verner Panton's original drawings ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Louis Poulsen

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Steel, Aluminum

Louis Poulsen Outdoor Medium Flindt Wall Lamp by Christian Flindt
By Christian Flindt, Louis Poulsen
Located in Weston, FL
Christian Flindt (1972-) graduated with an MAA and MDD from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2002. He then started his own design company in 2003. Here, he placed high emphasis on co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Louis Poulsen

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Aluminum

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