Poul Henningsen PH Hat Wall Lamp
Materials: Mat white pained metal (iron) round lampshade, painted pink on the inside, adjustable. Round metal (iron) wall mount and parts. Bakelite socket.
Width: ∅ 22,5 cm / 8.85”
Depth: 15,3 cm / 6.02”
Wall mount: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used, it has to be a small round bulb.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Poul Henningsen in 1961.
Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen & Co A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: This Poul Henningsen PH Hat wall lamp was made in several colours and two sizes. A bigger version was also made. The small version (this one) is still in production. It was produced in several varieties over the years. This lamp is a 1980s, 1990s production. Henningsen designed this wall lamp for bedroom lighting, hence the pink inside of the lampshade to create a soft pleasant light.
Poul Henningsen was born on 9 September 1894 in Copenhagen. He studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911 until 1914, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen until 1917.
He devoted much of his life to exploring the importance of light for well-being and focused on creating lamps that produced glare-free illumination.
His self-titled PH series was his most famous collection. Often said he was the first real lighting architect. His best-known lamp models are the PH Artichoke and the PH 5.
He was a very versatile man; during the 1920s Poul Henningsen had his literary breakthrough and was politically committed to the left wing. At the same time he began as a revue writer, the so-called PH-revues from 1929 until 1932.
In 1931 he designed the PH Grand Piano, one of the most beautiful wing piano’s ever made.
Before the Second World War he took part of the anti-fascist propaganda, always trying to connect culture and politics. During the war he kept a lower profile and fled to Sweden but tried to keep the spirit going by camouflaged resistance poetry.
After the war he dissociated himself from the communists who were criticising him for his growing scepticism about the Soviet Union. In his last years in the 1960s he became a member of the Danish Academy. Poul Henningsen died on 31 January 1967 at the age of 73.
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.