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Enigma Black

Press release, August 2018

The Enigma pendant creates new interior effects in new black version

In 2003, Shoichi Uchiyama unveiled a new design for Louis Poulsen: the Enigma lamp, which deconstructed the traditional chandelier concept into slim layers of concentric circles. Its modern simplicity, original form, and unique way of shaping light quickly made Enigma a bestseller. Now, the pendant – originally released in white – is being joined by a stylish black counterpart.

The new, black edition, available in all three Enigma sizes, expands the design’s decorative possibilities and creates a serene visual and atmospheric effect as it shapes and channels light. The Enigma’s bold, sculptural form and soft, controlled, glare-free LED light evenly illuminates surfaces and surroundings, making it ideal for entryways, hallways, and living areas, as well as above dining room tables, kitchen bars, and islands.

“The new, black version will fit well in subdued or white interior spaces, with a unique appeal that's different from the original, frosted version,” says Shoichi Uchiyama. As with the white Enigma pendant, Uchiyama says, “I want people to experience various aspects of beauty from the floating and expressive shades, which look different depending on where and when they're used, or the angle from which they're seen.”

Describing how he created the ideal distribution of light in what is essentially a transparent form, Uchiyama explains, “Enigma uses matte-finished acrylic – a new, completely glare-free material – to create an ideal light distribution, where light is given in a downward direction, and reflections from the shades diffuse in upward and horizontal directions as well. With the thin wires, I also succeeded in making the shades appear as though they're floating in the air.”

Louis Poulsen’s lighting philosophy is rooted in Poul Henningsen’s views on the dualities of lighting design: modernity and classicism, simplicity and complexity, tradition and innovation, and of course, darkness and light. Uchiyama’s Enigma pendant capitalizes on these contrasts. Yet while nodding to Henningsen’s multi-tiered design concept, Uchiyama’s artistic and functional pendant occupies a space all its own.

“Poul Henningsen sought to create the best, the most comfortable, and the most functional lighting,” says Uchiyama. “I had exactly the same foundation for lighting, and developed my own interpretation about light in empathy with him. This meant creating a new use of a light source and a unique way to control the light. The fixture has new features and functional shades. The rays from the light source accurately hit each of the shades, and no glaring light is seen from any angle.” The resulting innovative design enlivens and humanizes any environment.

Enigma in black will be available from September 2018.

About Shoichi Uchiyama (b.1947)

Tokyo-born Shoichi Uchiyama founded Shoichi Uchiyama Design Office in 1977 and has since been committed to the creation of luminaires with glare-free, indirect light. This dedication has led to the design of lighting that beautifies objects and allows people to experience the texture and depth of their surroundings. Uchiyama prepares full-scale mock-ups with actual light sources, allowing him to examine the intensity and color of the light, the shadows cast on objects, and the luminaire's aesthetic appearance. Such strict design processes result in simple, functional forms with the minimalistic beauty for which the Japanese design tradition is renowned.

Uchiyama has earned numerous accolades for this design work, including the iF Award in Germany and the Good Design Award in Japan.

About Louis Poulsen

Founded in 1874, Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen creates products that encompass the duality of design and light. Every detail in the design has a purpose. Every design starts and ends with light. Louis Poulsen offers a range of lighting aimed at the commercial and domestic lighting markets, with lighting fixtures and solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. In close partnership with designers and architects like Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Øivind Slaatto, Alfred Homann, Oki Sato, and GamFratesi, Louis Poulsen has established itself as one of the world's key suppliers of architectural and decorative lighting, and has a global presence with dedicated showrooms in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Miami, Oslo, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Düsseldorf.


Enigma 425

Enigma 545

Enigma 825


Shoichi Uchiyama

Product Type





Enigma 425:Ø 4.7” – 16.6” x 29.3” H

Enigma 545:Ø 4.7” – 21.4” x 38.2” H

Enigma 825:Ø 4.7” – 32.5” x 61.0” H


Aluminum, brushed and clear coated with matte white acrylic shades

Aluminum, brushed and black coated with matte black acrylic shades

North American Media Contacts:

Emily Levin, bde | emily@bdeonline.biz | (212) 353-1383

Alyssa Young, bde | alyssa@bdeonline.biz | (212) 353-1383

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