A true homage to light
Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system, which launched in 1926 and put Louis Poulsen on the map as a leading manufacturer of innovative lighting. Henningsen’s goal: to make light softer and more flattering in an era when electric lighting was still new and marked by unwanted glare.
Six decades after the lighting pioneer created his celebrated PH 5 pendant, the design remains Louis Poulsen’s bestseller.
To celebrate the PH 5’s anniversary, Louis Poulsen has released the lamp in the same vibrant colour range as the recently launched PH 5 Mini: Classic, a new Modern White, and six bold colour combinations – Hues of Orange, Hues of Rose, Hues of Red, Hues of Green, Hues of Blue and Hues of Grey.
The original glare-free concept. A gentle, warm glow.
The PH 5’s five-shade system infuses spaces with 100% glare-free, even illumination. A lightbulb produces the ideal combination of downward and lateral light to gently illuminate the surroundings and the fixture itself. Interior anti-glare rings and reflectors ensure a warm light tone that complements the daily rhythm of natural light.
True to the multi-talented Henningsen’s signature balance of function and form – of technology and art, in other words – the PH 5 serves as a beautiful sculptural element both when it is on and off. Its impact is enhanced by the bold new colour options, and the top-to-bottom graduations from dark to light within each colour variant.
Poul Henningsen (PH) was born in Copenhagen to famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He was a self-taught architect, studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg in Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.
Over the years, his professional interests shifted from traditional, functionalist architecture to lighting, for which he is best known. He also expanded his occupation to include 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 project in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation, becoming a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.
Henningsen’s lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1925 and lasted until his death in 1967. To this day, Louis Poulsen still benefits from his genius: his pioneering work with the relationship between light structures, shadows, glare, and colour reproduction remains the foundation of Louis Poulsen’s approach.
Design to Shape Light
Louis Poulsen has always sought, not only to design lamps, but also to shape light and create an atmosphere that makes people feel good, both in- and outdoors. The shape of light creates space and our products should live harmoniously within the space they define - indirect, soft and inviting.