PH 4.5/4 -Open Box
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Design by Poul Henningsen, 1926.
By Louis Poulsen.
PH 4½ - 4 Glass Pendant is a member of the PH 3-shade family originally conceived in the winter of 1925-26 for a large exhibition hall in Copenhagen, Denmark called "Forum" and is based on the principle of a reflecting multi-shade system, creating a harmonious and glare-free illumination. The shades are drawn over a logarithmic spiral, with the center of the light source placed in the spiral's focal point. The PH 4½ - 4 Glass Pendant provides soft illumination.
White opal handblown glass shades which have been sandblasted on the undersides for uniform light distribution. High luster chrome-plated, extruded aluminum suspension and stem. Spun aluminum internal anti-glare shades with painted lilac finish. 12 foot long 3-conductor, 18 AWG black PVC covered power cord. White ceiling canopy which mounts to 4" octagonal junction box.
Material(s): Handblown Glass; Chrome Plated Aluminum
- 17.6" Dia X 15.8" H
- Weight: Max. 7 lbs.
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E26 (medium base) A-21 incandescent lamp(not included)
Listing: UL, CUL, IBEW
Model(s): PH 4.5/4
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.
He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting. 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, he 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 but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.
His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen Lighting still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine "NYT". The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).
Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction, compared to man's need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.
Formed over seventy years ago when renowned Danish architect, Poul Henningsen, came together with Louis Poulsen and began to combine a brilliant mix of technology and design to craft influential lighting.
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