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PH 80 Floor Lamp

Brand Louis Poulsen
Designer Poul Henningsen
Distributor Danish Red

Poul Henningsen designed the three-shade-system back in 1925-26. In collaboration with Louis Poulsen, Henningsen designed the first lamps to use the system for an exhibition in Paris. This partnership continued up until Henningsen’s death in 1967. Throughout his life, Henningsen sought to create direct, glare-free light that provided illumination where it was needed most—and to create soft shadows, using incandescent bulbs as a light source.
PH 80 is based on this same three-shade design. PH80, the lamp’s model number, does not refer to the top shade’s diameter, which is the system that usually applies to the three-shade models. The light was created in 1974 after Henningsen’s death to mark the 80th anniversary of his birth—hence the name PH 80.
The original PH 80, designed in 1974, features a characteristic red top reflector that provides warm and atmospheric lighting. The opal acrylic shades add a fresh look and provide attractively diffused ambient light. PH 80 was later introduced in a black and a white finish with a smoother surface on the base compared to the slightly more textured surface of the classic version. The black PH 80 has a black top plate and a white top reflector for a clean, elegant look and pleasant light distribution. The stand and socket holder are matte-black, which adds a beautiful contrast to the opal acrylic shades for a more graphic look. The white version adds a minimalist all-white design to the PH 80 range with its white top reflector, top plate, and stand. This monochrome colour palette completes the PH 80 series with modernised and subtle alternatives to the classic PH 80.

Description

Poul Henningsen designed the three-shade-system back in 1925-26. In collaboration with Louis Poulsen, Henningsen designed the first lamps to use the system for an exhibition in Paris. This partnership continued up until Henningsen’s death in 1967. Throughout his life, Henningsen sought to create direct, glare-free light that provided illumination where it was needed most—and to create soft shadows, using incandescent bulbs as a light source.
PH 80 is based on this same three-shade design. PH80, the lamp’s model number, does not refer to the top shade’s diameter, which is the system that usually applies to the three-shade models. The light was created in 1974 after Henningsen’s death to mark the 80th anniversary of his birth—hence the name PH 80.
The original PH 80, designed in 1974, features a characteristic red top reflector that provides warm and atmospheric lighting. The opal acrylic shades add a fresh look and provide attractively diffused ambient light. PH 80 was later introduced in a black and a white finish with a smoother surface on the base compared to the slightly more textured surface of the classic version. The black PH 80 has a black top plate and a white top reflector for a clean, elegant look and pleasant light distribution. The stand and socket holder are matte-black, which adds a beautiful contrast to the opal acrylic shades for a more graphic look. The white version adds a minimalist all-white design to the PH 80 range with its white top reflector, top plate, and stand. This monochrome colour palette completes the PH 80 series with modernised and subtle alternatives to the classic PH 80.

Product Details & Specifications

Year of design – 1974 Country of origin – Denmark

Materials –
Shades: White opal acrylic. Top reflector: Red or white polycarbonate. Top cover and base: Black or white ABS. Stand: High-lustre chrome-plated, or black or white powder-coated steel.

Finish –
White opal acrylic shades. High-lustre chrome-plated stand with textured black base. Black stand with smooth black base. White stand with smooth white base.
Dimensions – Ø550 mm (top shade) x H 1315 mm x Ø320 mm (base)

The fixture emits a diffused, reflected, symmetrical light. The majority of the light is directed downward. The opal acrylic shades provide comfortable room lighting. On the original fixture, the red hue of the top reflector adds an intense, warm glow to the light. The black and white fixtures have a white top reflector that reflects the light for a clean, elegant look. The choice of light source will determine the colour of the illumination.

About The Designer

The highly influential Danish designer, architect, writer, and cultural critic, Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), has had a huge impact on Danish thinking and design. His legacy as the original master of light is an integrated part of Louis Poulsen’s heritage of creating exceptional light.

Poul Henningsen, born in Copenhagen in 1894, was the son of the Danish writers Agnes Henningsen and Carl Ewald. He started practising traditional functionalist architecture, but over the years his professional interests shifted to primarily focus on lighting, for which he is most famous. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author.

For a short period at the beginning of WWII, Henningsen was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation, and soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.

His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1924 and lasted until his passing. To this day, Louis Poulsen still benefits from his genius and continues his heritage working to provide exceptional, glare-free light. In fact, Poul Henningsen’s pioneering work concerning the relationship between light, shadows, glare, and colour reproduction – compared to man’s need for light laid the foundation of the lighting philosophy still practised by Louis Poulsen.

Product Warranty

Manufacturer’s warranty applies. Please contact a Danish Red consultant for details.

Delivery & Timing

Approximately 16 weeks

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