This book is the result of several years of communication with people passionate about lighting.
Communication has always been important to Louis Poulsen. Over the years, many words and images have been used to describe products and projects now famous all over the world.
66 by Louis Poulsen creates a colorful palette of the company and the spirit behind it.
We hope you will enjoy reading this visual, inspiring and informative book. Perhaps you will come up with some other words of your own who knows?
Lighting must always be comfortable to live with â€“ and for Louis Poulsen this means no annoying glare. A cornerstone of our lighting philosophy, this principal is incorporated into every aspect of our development process.
We are very focused on how color radiates from the light source. We work intensively with light sources such as metal halide, compact ďŹ‚uorescent and LEDs to ensure that they are always comfortable to live with.
Organic or geometric. An essential part of product design.
Stimulating the senses - or the fantasy.
Architecture is an important word in the Louis Poulsen vocabulary. Our lighting is created in close cooperation with architects, who challenge our ideas and test their suitability for use. The most successful mode of expression springs from structure enhanced by light, a point not lost on the worldâ€™s leading architects, who often choose Louis Poulsen when selecting lighting for their projects. 11
Quality goes beyond excellent materials, beautifully realized. Quality encompasses both light and design. Few lighting companies devote as much time and energy to achieving such uncompromising light quality and lighting comfort as Louis Poulsen.
ambience Over the years, weâ€™ve really come to understand atmospheric lighting. The mood created by our lighting stems from both the lighting design and the light source itself, which together with the effect of light emission, remains the natural fulcrum of our lighting philosophy.
Harmony occurs when individual components are brought into perfect balance. Harmony is fundamental to Louis Poulsen â€“ both in relation to the design of individual lights and how they ďŹ t into the surrounding environment. 16
Awarded numerous design awards and innumerable prizes, as well as featuring in prestigious magazines and included in the world’s most celebrated projects, the prevalence of our lighting makes us proud. The world over people choose Louis Poulsen because they know that our lighting – and not least the light that it provides – is inimitable.
Louis Poulsen has a talent for taking the lead. We are always thinking about new ways to form and work with light, and maintaining our legendary product range also keeps us on our toes. Knowing that our lighting makes the heart beat a little faster is something that gives us great pleasure. 21
Experimentation with form and expression is a key part of what is always an impassioned creative process at Louis Poulsen. Renowned for stimulating the imagination and creativity of architects and lighting designers, our lighting is regularly featured in architectonic projects so spectacular and groundbreaking that they take even our breath away. 23
The PH Lamp series is not only part of a speciďŹ c culture â€“ it is also a cult. In Denmark, PH Lamps even have their own fan club, and across the globe auctioneers report rare examples of Louis Poulsen lighting fetching astronomically high prices. Lighting can indeed become a passion, or even a religion - just ask any fan of Louis Poulsen.
Every detail has a purpose. This fundamental design principle means that Louis Poulsen lighting never features unnecessary details. We endeavor to create clean, functional products that stringently adhere to our lighting philosophy. That this approach is often interpreted as pleasing to the eye, is something we naturally take as a compliment. 26
As early as the 1920’s, the designer Poul Henningsen was speaking of his desire to instill his lighting with a “feel-good factor”, an integrated emotional parameter that would deﬁne quality in lighting. The role of light in how we relate to and engage with the space around us cannot be underestimated.
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â€œWhy is the only lamp to be copied, the PH lamp?â€?
Text and drawing by Poul Henningsen, newspaper advertisement 1931 30
unique Louis Poulsen holds a unique position in the global lighting market. We have achieved this by designing and manufacturing innovative and extraordinary lighting for more than a century .
We have always followed our own path. Working together with the designer, social critic and provocateur, Poul Henningsen, gave us a radical, nonconformist outlook. The location of our former head ofďŹ ce in the bohemian Nyhavn harbor area of Copenhagen provided a cultural backdrop that was at once iconoclastic and idealistic. Today, Louis Poulsen is still a company with its own special culture, manifest in our superior lighting, unique market position and enthusiastic workforce. 32
In Scandinavia, twilight is a silent time where the light fades slowly and softly. Our lighting reďŹ‚ects this quiet process, and it does not disturb, nor steal the scene. Rather like a sunset, it helps create an atmosphere of calm and serenity.
Time and time again, Louis Poulsen has proved that it is possible to create distinctive individual designs that complement and enhance the whole. The inherent functionality of our lighting makes it stylistically adaptable, able to blend perfectly into any cultural or interior style.
Light makes life, and life is lived in light. At Louis Poulsen, we never design in order to win awards or to earn admiration of architects. Our lighting starts and ends with people. Decades of research and development have been invested in creating lighting of the highest quality that functions on a human and highly personable level.
scandinavia Deriving from a tradition of ambience and simple comfort â€“ warm tones, purity of line and material integrity â€“ our lighting blends effortlessly into new contexts and cultures that share our values. In short, Louis Poulsen is Scandinavian design in a global perspective. 41
Over the years, Louis Poulsen lighting has appeared in innumerable movies – including blockbusters such as “The Dark Knight”, “Quantum of Solace” and “Disclosure”. Our renowned aesthetic minimalism lends itself to a wide range of cinematic styles, while our glare-free light is much in demand among directors and cinematographers alike.
Lighting should never try to steal the show; instead it should harmonize graciously with the surrounding architecture, ensuring that the development and its users are center stage. Globally renowned, this capacity to complement and enhance is the result of our constant pursuit of simplicity.
Experience comes with age. The resolve to keep abreast of the latest developments comes with experience. At Louis Poulsen our tradition for innovation increases with age.
A lamp can be enchanted, as anyone who has ever read the story of Aladdin and the Genie of the Lamp can conďŹ rm. Imbued with spirit of its own, our lighting can also be said to bring a touch of magic to peopleâ€™s lives.
Without wishing to appear self-righteous, weâ€™re convinced that we have seen the light.
faith We genuinely believe in the vision set down in our lighting philosophy.
environ We are well-known for working with energy-saving light sources and for continuously updating our products to ensure that they feature contemporary, durable technologies. Our manufacturing process is environmentally certiďŹ ed, and our annual eco report precisely accounts for the materials and resources we use 54
throughout the year.
Our lighting philosophy can be abridged to just three letters. Standing for Function, Comfort and Ambience, FCAÂŽ encompasses a multitude of terms all of which are crucial in the manufacture of an original Louis Poulsen light ďŹ xture. 56
brand Instantly recognizable, the PH Artichoke is the embodi-
ment of everything that Louis Poulsen stands for. Architects around the world automatically put the two together. 58
Intelligent lighting is often used to describe electronically-controlled lighting. We believe that all our lighting is intelligent. Our lighting philosophy requires that all aspects of a design are examined down to the smallest detail, giving the term intelligent lighting an extra dimension.
You can always feel conﬁdent buying from Louis Poulsen. You can be conﬁdent that you’re getting a high-quality product that functionally – and aesthetically – will continue to shine. You can be conﬁdent that your purchase will always work perfectly – and conﬁdent that our knowledge of legal requirements and climatic challenges means that we can provide you with exclusive lighting wherever you are in the world. 60
Sublime design expression; superlative control; innovative technology. There are many reasons why our lighting is considered so special. Yet we believe that it is our vision â€“ lighting made by people for people â€“ that imbues our products with such inimitable charisma.
Our lighting represents craftsmanship in its purest form. On the one hand, we are a modern, technologically advanced manufacturer. On the other, we know that some tasks can never be performed by a robot or a machine. It is the human touch that imbues our lighting with its renowned soul and spirit. 64
Some have described their ﬁrst encounter with our lighting as “love at ﬁrst sight”. It is a feeling of having found the one and only, based on a love of beautiful design, ﬁne details, superior manufacture and light itself. The very passions that drive us at Louis Poulsen. We love our lighting and, thankfully, so do many of you. 66
We would not exist without our products. Their ongoing development and maintance is as essential to us as breathing.
Glass is perfect for lighting. To produce the required shading, reﬂection and uniformity, our glass shades are ﬁrst blown then built-up in three layers. Requiring exceptionally high standards of craftsmanship, only a handful of glassworks in the world meet the stringent quality requirements needed to manufacture a Louis Poulsen ﬁxture.
The architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen is renowned as the creator of one of the worldâ€™s ďŹ rst designer hotels, the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Applying a minimalist design expression bordering on the extreme, he was possessed of an unrivaled talent for reducing all unnecessary noise, creating entities of matchless simplicity. 72
Louis Poulsen lighting is often described as exclusive. Thanks to its durability, it is more or less impossible to ďŹ nd any lighting more economical. This applies not only to functional but also to aesthetic durability. Although time and fashion change, the image remains the same.
At the start of the 1920â€™s, Danish designer Poul Henningsen set out to make comfortable lighting accessible for all. He successfully managed to soften the harsh light generated by the electric bulb with the PH lamp â€“ creating a classic series that continues to illuminate stylish interiors around the world
Our designs are ideal for serial installations, where the individual identity of each light contributes to the overall environment. Rather than dominating a room, the individual elements combine to create an architecturally pleasing whole.
The PH light was created out of a genuine sense of indignation. As early as the 1920s, Poul Henningsen pronounced that glare – harsh, dazzling light – was a fundamental problem with the electric light bulb. Determined to do something to solve this problem, he formed the vision that has led to Louis Poulsen’s worldwide renown for glare-free lighting.
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Thanks to architects, designers, lighting designers and town planners the world over, our lighting is renowned and utilized the world over.
Trust is everything for Louis Poulsen. Trust is the key to our relationships with our employees, our designers and our customers. The knowledge that all our products meet â€“ and exceed â€“ contemporary needs and expectations helps engender trust, yet we believe that trust is primarily built on relationships. At Louis Poulsen, it is vital that our customers trust us explicitly.
Louis Poulsen is always discreet. Designed to respect people and architecture, our lighting adds elegance and reďŹ nement to any surroundings â€“ simply, stylishly and without unnecessary fuss.
Often passed down from one generation to the next, Louis Poulsen lighting is much sought-after. Inheriting a classic PH lamp has brought pleasure to many, and our lighting also regularly commands large sums at auctions worldwide, with experts making valuable additions to collections that are often worth thousands of dollars. 89
It is what we feel when year after year we see our lighting featured in major works of architecture. Inspiring architects and lighting designers around the world. We do what we do because of the pride â€“ and pleasure â€“ we are able to take in being part of this living history.
unlit The form of our lighting is determined by light emission, and our treatment of the light source is reﬂected in the design. Switching on our lighting will not distress or surprise. With Louis Poulsen ﬁxtures, your experience of artiﬁcial light is just as pleasant as your experience of natural light.
Beauty cannot be quantiďŹ ed and it cannot be reduced to appearance alone. Although Louis Poulsen lighting is often described as beautiful in itself, true and perfect beauty only becomes apparent when our lighting, the light in a space and the space itself become one.
Technology never steals the limelight from a Louis Poulsen light. Even though very technically advanced, form is always in focus. That our lighting functions perfectly goes without saying. That our lighting – due to an uncompromising aesthetic – plays a leading role on the world’s architectonic stage is perhaps more worthy of consideration.
In many ways, Poul Henningsen is Louis Poulsen, and Louis Poulsen is Poul Henningsen. Without this rebellious genius, lighting would not be what it is today. PH’s vision for every man is embodied in the legendary PH lamp series – treasured, adored and much imitated around the world since the early 1920’s.
All our lighting is the result of intense research and development. While contributing to the overall visual expression, every aspect of our lighting is designed to cope with a range of climatic and man-made challenges. Rough or smooth, lustrous or matte, the very textures of our various ďŹ nishes are dependent on and contribute to the renowned Louis Poulsen look.
Louis Poulsen pioneered the idea of developing a family of lights with similar design qualities that could be used across a wide range of different applications â€“ an approach that has proven to be a great success.
We are driven by our passion for excellent lighting and great architecture. Designers, architects, customers and new employees alike are quickly infected by this, often falling in love with our ďŹ xtures. And it is this incredible enthusiasm that drives our lighting philosophy, and our never ending search for new forms of expression.
Our product range is much envied. Building and maintaining a range of such caliber requires persistence and a belief in our own powers of judgment. Our vision gives us the strength and courage to challenge convention, and the self-discipline needed to reject any product that does not live up to our ideals. 106
In a world of ďŹ‚eeting relationships, we believe in enduring alliances.
partner Our lighting must provide a lasting experience of beauty and pleasure. Only then have we achieved our goal. Involving both mutual trust and respect, itâ€™s an approach that can only succeed via partnership.
In a world of ďŹ‚eeting relationships, we believe in enduring alliances. Our lighting must provide a lasting experience of beauty and pleasure. Only then have we achieved our goal. Involving both mutual trust and respect, itâ€™s an approach that can only succeed via partnership.
DeďŹ nitive and timeless, transcending both architectural form and style, our lighting is renowned for being difďŹ cult to date. Successfully maintaining such temporal ďŹ‚uidity in the years ahead is a challenge that we are more than willing to undertake.
Although not born a design icon, much of our lighting achieves this status over time. Our work with some of todayâ€™s most exciting designers suggests that this tradition will continue, not least with the Nyhavn and Lp Charisma, both of which have the potential to become design icons of the future.
The multi-shade system was PHâ€™s true stroke of genius. Formed according to a unique logarithmic spiral design, almost 50 products are currently available still using this system. 114
Specially designed in 1958 for a restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, the PH Artichoke is perhaps the ďŹ xture most often pictured on the cover of design books worldwide. To mark the 50th anniversary of this global lighting icon, we have produced a limited edition of 50 PH Artichokes gilded in 24 carat gold. 116
pioneer Pioneering, rebellious and visionary, our lighting is often seen as an object of wonder when ﬁrst launched, only to be considered classical and iconic. That’s how it’s always been with our lighting, and how it will continue to be in the future.
Only the best is good enough. No more, no less. This is why you will never be able to buy anything but a ďŹ‚awless Louis Poulsen product. Every single one of our components is tested, checked and evaluated down to the smallest detail. 119
Good design catches the eye. This is why Louis Poulsen lighting is often used to add the ďŹ nishing touch to major projects. Not only does our lighting create a remarkable atmosphere â€“ it is remarkable in itself.
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Launched by Poul Henningsen in the 1940’s, NYT is today a highly-respected architecture and lighting magazine. NYT is proof of Louis Poulsen’s commitment to the utilization of light and the value inherent in communication.
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We believe that teamwork creates the best results. Our lighting starts and ends with people.
We have always broken new ground, winning praise and admiration for our innovative and courageous thinking. As a former CEO once said, â€œWe may well be ten years ahead of our time, but this is something a company like Louis Poulsen has to be able to and, not least, dare to doâ€?.
Our passion is to design and sell outstanding lighting statements through products that provide ambience to people and architecture.
Wherever outstanding lighting statements are desired, Louis Poulsen is the most preferred partner and brand.
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Published on Jun 17, 2015