Louis Poulsen celebrates 60th anniversary of iconic PH 5 pendant

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Poul Henningsen, a lighting design pioneer whose work shaped the Louis Poulsen story, designed his celebrated PH 5 pendant in 1958.

In Autumn 2017, Louis Poulsen released the brand-new PH 5 Mini – the first-ever resize of the PH 5 – in Classic White, a new White Modern, and six vibrant new colour combinations: Hues of Orange, Hues of Rose, Hues of Red, Hues of Green, Hues of Blue and Hues of Grey.

Also read: PH in limited edition

In celebration of the PH 5 pendant’s sixtieth anniversary, the original PH 5 will also be made available in the same eight colours.

A sculptural mood-setter for any space
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. This effect enhanced by the bold new colour options, and the top-to-bottom graduations from dark to light within each colour variant.

- Every interior – whether classic or modern – can benefit from the exceptional lighting and aesthetic qualities of Poul Henningsen’s most popular design, says Rasmus Markholt, Idea & Design Director at Louis Poulsen.

- We wanted to celebrate the six-decade legacy by expanding the PH 5 family to complement any space, and open it up for new, modern and personal expression. The lamps can be subtly incorporated with existing décor – or bring a bold pop of colour. We look forward to seeing how people interpret the new options to create their ideal ambience.

An ingenious system to shape and humanise light
Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system, which was launched in 1926. Henningsen’s original design had been inspired by his mother’s wish for more flattering, softer light in an era when homes were still transitioning to electric lighting and incandescent bulbs, whose effects were more utilitarian than aesthetic.

Later, when lightbulbs were standardised (a design shift that displeased Henningsen, who called the new bulbs “muffins”), he responded with the five-shade system to gain complete control over the new type of light, quipping that, “With the new PH 5, I surrender to the light bulb manufacturers.”

The surrender proved to be more of a statement of Henningsen’s genius, and to this day, the PH 5’s five-shade system continues to infuse spaces with 100% glare-free, even illumination, with the majority of light shining downwards at the space it illuminates rather than into people’s eyes.

The new colours will be available in stores starting in February 2018.

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