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The PH 50 Pendant, designed by Poul Henningsen. PL391

Posted on October 07 2016

The PH 50 Pendant, designed by Poul Henningsen. PL391

Danish architect Poul Henningsen, known by his initials, ”PH” was obsessed with light. He is the legendary creator of the lighting series carrying his name. He can be said to be the world’s first lighting architect. Poul Henningsen devoted his entire career to investigating the importance of light for our well being. He worked on the theory that the observer should not be subjected to direct glare from the electric light source. Henningsen used a series of layered shades to both spread the light and conceal the light bulb, thus creating a softer more diffused lighting.

The PH 50 lamp is considered to be a classical masterpiece and the ultimate functional style icon. This modern pendant lamp was designed by Poul Henningsen more than 50 years ago. Poul Henningsen named it the PH5 because the diameter of the top shade is 50 cm. The PH50 lamp consists of three reflecting shades, a cone and two smaller colored shades (red and blue) designed to improve the light source's color rendering properties. Red and blue was a natural choice because these two colors belong to the spectrum of which the human eye is least sensitive, and at the same time they weaken the yellow/green spectrum where the eye is most sensitive.


Unique in the workspace, lounge area, or restaurant and bedroom, very attractive color design. The PH 50 lamp is a classic pendant light icon of mid century modern Scandinavian design. Always stylish, effortlessly elegant and uniquely beautiful, the Louis Poulsen PH50 Lamp is a modern classic that evokes a world of luxury and sophistication. A mid-century modern classical masterpiece to be treasured forever.


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