Louis Poulsen Albertslund Pendant Lamps
Materials: White enameled metal (iron). Clear plastic or glass. A non-glare ring, three bolts and a Saturn ring, which serves as a reflector. White porcelain socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 24 cm / 9.44”
Width: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jens Møller-Jensen (born 1935) in 1963.
Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen & Co A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: Originally designed as an outdoor pole lamp and wall lamp. Over the years some differences appear. The lamps is IP44, led versions exist, plastic or glass was used. Different colours. Made in several models.
The Albertslund lamp was original designed by Jens Møller-Jensen in 1963 for a residential project in Albertslund, Denmark. This pendant lamp is based on the same design seen in the Albertslund exterior pole light today named Albertslund Maxi Post. Before it was named Satellit or Satellite, Planet and Orbiter.
Jens Møller-Jensen was born in 1935 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1955, he graduated as a medical and technical instrument engineer. 9 years later, in 1964, he graduated as an architect from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) were he became the head of the workshop after his graduation. Jensen founded his own design office in 1967.
Over the years, he has created numerous industrial designs for companies such as Bang & Olufsen, Shipmate, Novo Nordisk and Louis Poulsen. For the design of the Satellit/Albertslund lamp he received the “2000 Danish Classical Design Award“.
Today, his son Peter is in charge of the Møller-Jensen (MJID) design office making him the third generation designer/architect in the family.
Louis Poulsen & CO A/S is a Danish lighting manufacturer that was founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importing business. 4 years later the firm closed down. However, in 1892 Ludvig Poulsen opened his second business, this time selling tools and electrical supplies.
Two years later in 1896 his nephew Louis Poulsen started to work for the company. After the dead of Ludvig in 1906, Louis takes over the business.
In 1911 Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes a partner in the firm and the name changes in Louis Poulsen & Co A/S. Six years later Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes the sole owner of the company.
The best known designers that worked for Louis Poulsen are Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Shoichi Uchiyama and many others.
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.