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Louis Poulsen

by Klaus Nienkamper II


What we love most about Louis Poulsen lighting is the essence to create human-friendly lighting – lighting that makes people feel comfortable and relaxed and creates an excellent atmosphere. Poulsen's lighting philosophy consists of three elements: function, comfort and ambience. Louis Poulsen Lighting wants people to feel they are in good company.

Since publishing its first lighting catalog in 1926, Louis Poulsen continues to design and manufacture elegant, discreet, and innovative lighting fixtures. Since then, Louis Poulsen’s award-winning lighting designs have created unique lighting environments for the world’s most exclusive spaces. 

KLAUS offers the complete product line from Louis Poulsen that includes suspended, ceiling, pendants, table, floor and wall lighting for both indoor and outdoor use. Beauty from function is the signature of Louis Poulsen.


 



 


Poul Henningsen

"Art is the ability to separate the significant from the insignificant".

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, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.

Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and colour reproduction—compared to man’s need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen.

 



For more than eighty years, Louis Poulsen has collaborated with such visionary architects and designers as Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Foster+Partners to produce innovative lighting solutions for buildings and their surroundings. Poul Henningsen, designer of the iconic Artichoke Pendant Light, began a lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting in 1925 that lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen Lighting still benefits from his genius.

 


 

PH Artichoke

by Poul Henningsen

 

 

 

 

Concept

The Artichoke fixture provides 100% glare-free light. The 72 precisely positioned leaves form 12 unique rows of six leaves each. They illuminate the fixture as well as emitting diffused light with a unique pattern. The fixture provides decorative and comfortable lighting. For the energy saving LED variant the quality of light and atmosphere surrounding the product is kept at the highest level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PH5

Poul Henningsen

 

 

 

Concept

The PH5 fixture provides 100% glare-free light. Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system. The fixture emits both downward and lateral light, thus illuminating itself. In the PH 5 Classic, a warmer tone of light is created by the inside red cone and a small blue reflector.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PH Snowball

by Poul Henningsen

 

 

 

Concept

The PH Snowball fixture emits comfortable glare-free diffuse light. Matt painted undersurfaces and glossy top surfaces result in an attractive reflection of the diffused light, creating uniform light distribution around the fixture. When the light is switched on, the top portion is illuminated while the bottom part remains dark.

 

 

 


 

Patera

by Øivind Slaatto

 

Øivind Slaatto

Øivind Slaatto (born 1978) is a promising Danish designer, recognized for his simple and poetic solutions. Nature is Øivind's most important source of inspiration. He also seeks to transfer characteristics such as rationality, logic and harmony to his designs.

Developing lighting solutions is a specialty area and a great passion for Øivind, who has a natural affinity for light and therefore seeks to optimize the experience of light and ambience.

 

 

Concept

The Patera pendant is a glowing sphere built up of small diamond-shaped cells. Each cell is carefully designed to capture light and to shield the light source from the viewing angles above 45 degrees. Each cell glows. Below 45 degrees, the fields are open to direct light downwards. A small amount of light is also sent upwards to illuminate the ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cirque

by Clara von Zweigbergk

 

Clara von Zweigbergk

Clara von Zweigbergk was born in Stockholm and studied graphic design and illustration at Beckmans School of Design in Stockholm and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA.

She now has her own graphic design studio in Stockholm, and is again working with graphics and design involving paper, colours and typography, and products for companies like the Danish design firm, Hay. Cirque is a series of light fixtures specially developed in cooperation with Louis Poulsen, and somehow combines her many areas of interest.

 


Klaus on Cirque

One of my personal favourites is the Cirque pendant.  Cirque is a play between colours and forms inspired by balloons, carousels, colours and light. The shape is inspired by the well-known onion shaped domes on several of the buildings in the Tivoli garden. Cirque is playful and colourful, designed by Swedish Clara von Zweigbergk, it can’t help but make you happy when you seen them.  But also I can’t help favour some of the more iconic pieces as well from timeless statements like the PH Artichoke to minimalist masterworks by Shoichi Uchiyama to the clean lines of Arne Jacobsen.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wohlert

by Vilhelm Wohlert

 

Vilhelm Wohlert

Vilhelm Wohlert (1920-2007) graduated as an architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1944.

 Vilhelm Wohlert worked on a great many projects, including designing the Louisiana Art Museum in Denmark, and in addition to his work as a building architect, he designed a variety of luminaires in collaboration with Louis Poulsen. 

 

 

 

 

Concept

The Wohlert fixture provides uniform, general and diffuse illumination. The opening at the bottom of the glass produces downwards directed light. The quality of the glass ensures that the fixture is evenly lit.

 

 

 

 

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