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PH 3/2 Table Lamp

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The PH 3/2 table lamp isn’t just striking; it’s scientific and caring, too. A series of stacked concentric shades, initially made of metal or glass, helps evenly distribute reflected light while concealing the source at its center, creating diffuse illumination that’s much gentler on the eyes than the harsh glare from a bare light bulb, which, in the early days of electric lighting, was an off-putting evolution from the welcoming glow of gas lamps. Designed by Poul Henningsen (1894–1967) in the late-1920s as part of a series that would include around 100 designs, the PH 3/2 table lamp can be traced all the way back to its creator’s humble boyhood.


Henningsen was a product of his time. The son of famous Danish writer Agnes Henningsen, the designer and architect grew up at the turn of the century in a small Danish town without electricity, and the soft glow of the gas lights of his childhood left an impression. Henningsen would go on to work in a variety of fields, but as a lighting designer, he sought to emulate the effect of gas-lamp lighting with the then-new electric fixtures of the era. After studying at the Danish College of Technology, Henningsen began designing restaurants, residences and factories in Copenhagen. In 1924, he joined Danish lighting firm Louis Poulsen & Co., where he conducted a series of studies analyzing a lampshade’s function.


The modern and wildly nontraditional PH lamp design that resulted from Henningsen’s exploration would characterize his subsequent collection of artful lighting, such as the 3/2 table lamp, which ultimately suits different spaces and functions in its wealth of variations. His Paris light — an early PH configuration he would refine later — earned him a gold medal for modern lighting at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in France. Louis Poulsen put the PH lamps into production soon afterward, and a long and fruitful collaboration began. In 1958, the partnership yielded another modern-day classic, the dramatic and revolutionary Artichoke lamp. Today, the PH 3/2 table lamp is still available from Louis Poulsen.


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Poul Henningsen 3.5/2 Table Lamp from the 1940s Made by Louis Poulsen of Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Søborg, DK
Poul Henningsen 3.5/2 table lamp from the 1940s made by Louis Poulsen of Denmark. Original hand blown opaline glass shades made by Louis Poulsen Brass and Bakelite stem and with a ...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Bauhaus Table Lamps

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Iron, Brass

Louis Poulsen PH 3½-2½ Color Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Table Lamps

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Aluminum

Louis Poulsen PH 3½-2½ Glass Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Louis Poulsen PH 3/2 Table Light by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Poul Henningsen Brass and Glass PH 3 1/2 -2 1/2 Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen brass and glass PH 3½-2½ table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal glass and a brass, chrome or black metallized frame. The Industrial look of the dark met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Poul Henningsen Opaline Glass PH 3½-2½ Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen opaline glass PH 3½-2½ table lamp for Louis Poulsen. Executed in white opal glass and a chrome or black metallised frame. The Industrial look of the dark metallised s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Limited Edition 2018 PH 3/2 Table Lamp, Amber Colored Shades, Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Limited edition 2018 PH 3/2 tablelamp with frame of brass and amber colored shades by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen. The lamp is in very good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Poul Henningsen, Table Lamp, Yellow Lacqured Metal, Glass, Denmark, 20th century
By Poul Henningsen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A table lamp designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen. With its original glass and metal shades. Browned brass and bakelite. Other designers of the period include Kaa...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal

Early Poul Henningsen 3/2 Table Lamp Shades in Copper and Yellow Glass
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Henningsen & Louis Poulsen - Scandinavian Modern The iconic Poul Henningsen (PH 3/2) table lamp with shades in copper and matte yellow single layered glass. Stand and sock...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Copper

Poul Henningsen, Table Light 3/2 Yellow Metal Top Shade and Opal Glass Shades
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in New York, NY
Poul Henningsen (1894 Ordrup, Denmark - Hillerød, Denmark 1967), table light 3/2 yellow or white metal top shade with opal white glass middle and lower shades, patinated metal compon...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Louis Poulsen, Medium Table Light by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, medium table light by Poul Henningsen Measures: Width 290 x height 472 x length 290 (mm), 3.0 kg   Material: Shades in mouth-blown white opal glass with the body an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Table Lamps

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Metal

Table lLmp PH 3/2 designed by Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen, Denmark. 1926-1927
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brass and original green copper shades. Measures: H 45 cm/ 17 3/4" D 35 cm/ 13 3/4" Early version without switch on base. Stamped: PAT. APPL. Provenance: Acquired as a gi...
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Vintage 1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper

Rare Poul Henningsen PH 3½-2 Table Lamp, 1930
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Poul Henningsen. PH-3½/2 table lamp with original single-layer yellow painted/opal glass shade set on a browned brass stem and shade holder with wire legs. Bakelite through swit...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Danish Poul Henningsen Table Lamp PH 3/2 with Brown Brass and White Glass, 1994
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Vintage Poul Henningsen table lamp size PH 3/2 special anniversary edition from 1994. The lamp was designed by the Danish designer Poul Henningsen and produced in 1994 on the occasi...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

PH 3/2 Pendant by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lejre, DK
PH 3/2 pendant designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen. The lamp is of white opaline glass and black chromed.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Opaline Glass

Poul Henningsen Table Lamp Model PH 3½/2 Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare table lamp model PH 3½/2 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Marked “PAT. APPL”.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper

Poul Henningsen Early Table Lamp Model PH-3/2 by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and early table lamp model PH-3/2 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Stamped “PAT. APPL.”.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Nickel

PH 3/2 Tablelamp, Model Tremp, Burnished Brass, by Poul Henningsen, 1994
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lejre, DK
PH 3/2 table lamp, model Tremp, of white opaline glass and frame of burnished brass originally designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen as an anniversary model i...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Table Lamp, Model 3/2, with Black Frame and Opaline Glass, by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Table lamp, model 3/2, with black frame and opaline glass, designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen. The lamp is from the 1980s and in great vintage condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Opaline Glass

Poul Henningsen early table lamp model PH-3/2 by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and early table lamp model PH-3/2 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Marked “PAT. APPL.”.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Poul Henningsen Table Lamp Model PH-3/2 by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare table lamp model PH-3/2 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Marked “PAT. APPL”.
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Vintage 1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

1930s PH 3,5/2 Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
PH 3½-2 desk light by Poul Henningsen. Original yellow lacquered zinc top-shade, matté yellow single layered glass middle and bottom shade, patinated brass stem and Bakelite detailin...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Bauhaus Table Lamps

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Brass, Zinc

Rare 1940s PH 3,5/2,5 Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Poul Henningsen 3,5/2,5 table lamp with zinc main shade, single-layer opaline glass middle- and bottom shade and switch and socket house made of bakelite. The lamp is fully restored ...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Zinc

Poul Henningsen Table Lamp Model PH 3½/2 Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare table lamp model PH 3½/2 designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark. Missing the lower shade.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze, Steel

PH 3/2 Table Lamp by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen, 1990s
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lejre, DK
PH 3/2 table lamp designed by Poul Henningsen in 1999, but the style is from the 1930s and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in the 1990s. The lamp is in glass, chromium plated and high ...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Chrome

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