Simon P Henningsen

Simon Henningsen blog postsLike his father Poul Henningsen, Simon P Henningsen (1920–1974) studied architecture but never graduated, becoming diverted into practical projects. As a student he worked with his father at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, and in 1948 he was appointed to the position of head architect at Tivoli. He remained at Tivoli for the next 25 years, and it was for one of the restaurants in the Gardens that he created his most famous light, the eponymous Divan II. Henningsen died at just 54 years of age, so his active career was relatively short and the lights he designed emerged from a period spanning only a decade, from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. He probably didn't even see himself primarily as a lighting designer – his life's work was Tivoli, and the lighting designs were just one part of that project. Read our extended profile of Simon Henningsen here.

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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End of an era: Tivoli's Divan 2 closes

End of an era: Tivoli's Divan 2 closes

modblog 04/04/2011 0
When Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens opens its gates on 14 April for the 2011 summer season, the doors to one of its oldest and most venerated restaurants...
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A Tivoli tangle

A Tivoli tangle

modblog 12/08/2010 0
The diamond-shaped raw metal wall light pictured below was produced in the 1970s by Holm Sørensen A/S, the company founded by Danish designer Sven Aag...
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Henningsen & Schwalbe’s Kassablanka

Henningsen & Schwalbe’s Kassablanka

modblog 31/05/2010 0
Constructed from four interlocking cubes with cutouts that allow only indirect light to emerge, Simon P. Henningsen’s Kassablanka pendant light was de...
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