Louis Poulsen Billiard Pendant Lamp
Materials: Conical lampshade made of enamelled metal (iron). Purple-blue (RAL 5000) on the outside, white on the inside. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 19 cm / 50.59”
Width: ∅ 28 cm / 19.68”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: The internal design team.
Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen & Co A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: This Louis Poulsen Billiard pendant lamp exists in several colours. In 1967 3 models were produced: 16522, 16523, 16524.
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.
The Louis Poulsen billiard lamp in the 1977 book Het grote handboek voor “beter wonen”. (The big manual for “better living”) Compiled by Roland Göök and published by Uitgeverij Helmond (The Netherlands) and Uitgeverij Heideland-Orbis (Belgium). The original book is German: Schöner Wohnen – Das große praktische Einrichtungsbuch. Published by Mosaik Verlag GmbH, Munich, in 1976.
This book is easy to find in second hand shops, charity shops or even an antiquarian for a few euros. Many other lamps appear in it.