New Louis Poulsen e-book explores the Danish lighting firm’s illuminating world

by Editorial Team

Followers of Danish lighting producer Louis Poulsen might be delighted (pun meant) with the 304-page monograph “Louis Poulsen: First Home of Gentle”, revealed by Phaidon and written by former Wallpaper* Editor TF Chan, celebrating the model’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. The monograph delves into the wealthy historical past and enduring legacy of Louis Poulsen, from its founding to its modern-day improvements.

Louis Poulsen: First Home of Gentle, revealed by Phaidon

Louis Poulsen: First Home of Gentle by TF Chan is revealed by Phaidon, £59.95, accessible at Waterstones

(Picture credit score: Courtesy of Phaidon)

For this design e-book, Chan was granted full entry to the corporate’s archives, its intensive library of previous catalogues and different publications, and a protracted listing of each previous and current workers as a part of his analysis for the e-book. ‘It was fairly superb to be given such entry and being allowed to dig so deep in a single single firm,’ Chan says.

Poul Henningsen at home with a PH 5 lamp. The 1962 Contrast lamp appears in the background.

Poul Henningsen at dwelling with a PH 5 lamp. The 1962 Distinction lamp seems within the background.

(Picture credit score: Image credit score: Courtesy and copyright © Louis Poulsen (pages 46-47))

The e-book uncovers and brings to the fore many fantastic tales from Louis Poulsen’s design historical past. Who knew, as an illustration, that the unique petals of the Artichoke designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 for the Langelinie Pavilion in Copenhagen had been painted pale pink on the within to provide the sunshine ‘a rosier glow that might complement the pores and skin tones of the Langeline Pavilion’s friends’? Or that Henningsen developed a blackout lamp for the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen throughout the Second World Battle, that solely received approval of town’s authorities after they had been invited to see the lamp from the 105m tall tower of town corridor subsequent to the park?

Louis Poulsen campaign image from 2020, showing the newly launched black version of the PH Artichoke in four sizes.

Louis Poulsen marketing campaign picture from 2020, displaying the newly launched black model of the PH Artichoke in 4 sizes.

(Picture credit score: Courtesy and copyright © Louis Poulsen (web page 115))

After trying again on the 150 years historical past and the significance of Poul Henningsen in defining the model, the e-book explores the up to date manufacturing of Louis Poulsen’s merchandise. About 85% of all lamps are nonetheless manufactured or lastly assembled in Vejen, Denmark and whereas the corporate embraces the most recent expertise, there may be nonetheless a eager concentrate on holding the human contact.

Louis Poulsen: First House of Light by TF Chan is published by Phaidon, £59.95 (

A 2012 {photograph} of the eating corridor at St Catherine’s School, Oxford, UK, with the AJ Oxford desk lamp (custom-made by Louis Poulsen) constructed into the lengthy oak tables.

(Picture credit score: Courtesy of Phaidon)

‘Embracing superior manufacturing applied sciences whereas nonetheless using extremely expert craftspeople, and certainly coaching new generations of them, distinguishes Louis Poulsen as a number one lighting firm,’ writes Chan within the e-book.

Supply: Wallpaper

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