Louis Poulsen showed its new lamps at the Light & Building and fascinated with designs that can be placed in almost any roomstyle.
The company history of Louis Poulsen is closely linked to the history of the first Danish electricity plants. When the country’s second power plant started operating in Copenhagen in 1892, the importer Ludvig R. Poulsen decided to found a company selling tools and electrotechnical materials. In 1896 the nephew Ludvig R. Poulsen, joined the company Louis Poulsen and took it over in 1906. Shortly afterwards he relocated the company to Copenhagen, where the parent company still is today.
Due to the participation in an exhibition for art in Paris, they start a cooperation with Poul Henningsen in 1924.
Henningsens lamps are awarded a gold medal in 1925. In 1926, Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen won the invitation to do the lighting for the Forum building in Copenhagen with the legendary PH lamp with the three shades. In the same year, the lamps are launched. The first catalog appears with texts in Danish, German, English and French. Until 1929, the sales network gets expanded by agencies in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Louis Poulsen now supplies its lamps all over the world.
In the 1950s and 60s, other designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and the architect Jens Møller-Jensen also create design classics for Louis Poulsen, in addition to the well-known classics such as the imposing PH pendant light, the PH5 and the graceful table lamps of the series. Louis Poulsen still produces these design classics but also works closely with current future talents in the lighting industry. The philosophy of the lamps is based on three core elements: Function – Comfort – Ambience. This results in an equally clear and logical design, without many details and a form that fits harmoniously into the room.
At the Light & Building in 2016, Louis Poulsen presented pendant lamps from three designers: “LP Grand” by Christian Flindt, “Skyline” by Julie Richoz and “Patera” by Oivind Slaatto. We think they all have the potential to become a classic.
“LP Grand” convinces with a simple, reduced design.
Despite the large diameters (58cm / 88cm / 148cm), the light still looks very filigree. It gives off 10% light upwards and thus produces indirect light. The remaining 90% of the light shines incredibly evenly downwards. “LP Grand” also impresses with functionality. The ceiling version of the design has quick connectors for simple ceiling or wall mounting. Despite its modern design, the lamp is harmoniously integrated into earlier architectural styles. Perfect for architects and planners, who refine the objects or redesign them. The lamp of the designer Christian Flindt is also available in the three colors black, white and champagne.
The pendant lamp “Skyline” corresponds in its design entirely to the light philosophy of Louis Poulsen.
With its round tile-like structure, it looks different from each side. The young, Swiss-born designer Julie Richoz has created a truly unique sculptural large-area pendant lamp. The light is emitted primarily downwards but also shines through between the aluminum tiles and throws a diffuse light into the surroundings. The simple white design convinces both in classically furnished rooms and in a modern ambience. Skyline has a height of 70cm and a diameter of 40cm – thus is interesting not only for large objects but also for bars, cafes and private households. Arranged in groups or suspended in rows, Skyline creates a more vivid and different feeling of space in which different angles and shadows play a dynamic pattern.
“Patera” is something entirely new for Louis Poulsen, which has not had a complete round shape of this kind since then.
Through the creative collaboration between Louis Poulsen and the Danish star designer Øivind Slaatto, the ingenious design of the lamp “Patera” was created. The complex geometry of the lamp was realized with the help of 3D programs. The construction of countless models was necessary until the perfect combination of direct and indirect lighting was found.
The arrangement of the PVC strips creates a very homogeneous light. It is completely closed up and down, so it does not make any difference from which viewing angle the lamp is viewed. The simple round shape act wonderful with simple and straightforward architectural features and inevitably creates calmness and a balanced overall picture. The rather diffuse light is perfect for mood lighting. Patera is available in 45cm, 60cm and 90cm diameter, which makes an arrangement as a group even more interesting.
In addition, the company showed the “Njp” table lamp and the colorful pendant lamp series “Cirque” at Light & Building.
Louis Poulsen is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and innovative lighting manufacturers. Architects and project planners love the label. The combination of flexible production, expertise and innovation at Louis Poulsen convinces and is a successful symbiosis of technology and architecture.
(Source history: Website of Louis Poulsen)