Louis Poulsen

Ludvig R Poulsen went into business in 1892 selling tools and electrical supplies. In 1896 he hired his nephew Louis Poulsen, who took over the business upon his uncle's death ten years later. In 1913 Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen became a partner in the firm, by then called Louis Poulsen & Co, and the company's first catalogue, featuring machines and tools, was published in 1914. Three years later Kaastrup-Olsen bought out Louis Poulsen to become sole owner. In 1924 Poul Henningsen began working with the company, designing lamps that won gold medals at the international exhibition for decorative arts in Paris. Louis Poulsen & Co subsequently started marketing light fittings, and in 1941 became a lighting manufacturer when it acquired a metal goods factory. The company continued to work with Henningsen and produce his designs throughout his lifetime, and indeed the PH lamps are still in production at Louis Poulsen today. Louis Poulsen is the great survivor amongst Danish lighting companies, and a household name worldwide. 

A tale of two Topans: the Pendant & the Spot

A tale of two Topans: the Pendant & the Spot

modblog 23/06/2011 0
Verner Panton’s futuristic 1959 Topan light design for Louis Poulsen has rarely been out of the limelight in its more than 50 years of existence. Freq...
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Panton and PH weren't just good friends

Panton and PH weren't just good friends

modblog 11/05/2011 0
The family connection between two of the great Danish lighting designers is widely known – indeed, anyone who is aware of Simon Henningsen‘s work will...
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Danish modern space stations?

Danish modern space stations?

modblog 25/04/2011 0
In September 1972, journalist Bengt Rooke reported in Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that a 60-strong delegation of American architects and interior d...
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A rare 1960s wall lamp from Fog & Mørup

A rare 1960s wall lamp from Fog & Mørup

modblog 14/01/2011 0
At first glance the lights below, discovered in Finland, might be mistaken for a wall-mounted version of Verner Panton’s Flowerpot for Louis Poulsen –...
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Poulsen’s IT lamp and the ghost of PH

Poulsen’s IT lamp and the ghost of PH

modblog 07/01/2011 0
In view of their seminal influence both in Denmark and internationally, it is no surprise that Poul Henningsen’s ideas on lighting design were guiding...
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Colour coordination in Danish lights

Colour coordination in Danish lights

modblog 12/11/2010 0
In the late 1960s both Louis Poulsen and Fog & Mørup launched lines of assorted lamp models in coordinated colours under unifying taglines. In 1968 an...
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Verner Panton’s Panthella 3-light

Verner Panton’s Panthella 3-light

modblog 27/08/2010 0
When people come across a vintage Panthella for the first time they often think there’s something wrong with the on/off switch. “It’s not working prop...
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Looks like a PH 4/3 but isn't!

Looks like a PH 4/3 but isn't!

modblog 07/08/2010 0
The Penta (below) is a little-known Fog & Morup light designed by Jo Hammerborg and first appearing in the record in 1965. More traditional in form an...
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The Louis Poulsen Bornholmpendel

The Louis Poulsen Bornholmpendel

modblog 03/06/2010 0
The Bornholmpendel is rarely seen today, but in 1967 it was chosen by Louis Poulsen to feature on the front cover of its product catalogue.The light w...
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Three of a kind

Three of a kind

modblog 28/04/2010 0
Danish lighting companies Louis Poulsen, Lyfa and Nordisk Solar Compagni have all produced lamps with a very similar shape. The Poulsen version is inc...
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