Poul Henningsen designed the three-shade system used in the PH lighting series during 1925/1926. The first lights using the system were designed for an exhibition in Paris. The 4½/4 pendant is a member of the three-shade family and is one of 19 versions available today. Approximately one thousand different models have been produced over the years and consisted of table, floor and wall lamps, as well as a number of different chandeliers, which were very popular in the 30s for lighting private homes with high ceilings. Henningsen was the first person to pursue a scientific approach to light and use the logarithmic spiral as a basis, which results in an even distribution of light over the entire curve of the shade.
Poul Henningsen's work with Louis Poulsen continued until his death in 1967. Throughout his life, PH sought to create glare-free lighting; aiming to direct light where it was most needed and creating soft shadows while using incandescent bulbs as a light source.
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The PH 4½/4 Pendant is made with a handblown white opal glass shade and high luster chrome-plated aluminum. The canopy is white with a 144" white PVC cord. Certified cULus. Bulb is not included.
Measures: 17.7" Diameter x 16.1" H; E26 or A19 Bulb, 150 Watt Max (bulb not included)
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In the 1920s Louis Poulsen collaborated with renown and respected lighting designer Poul Henningsen to create a lighting philosophy based on function, comfort and ambience.
The essence of Louis Poulsen is to create human-friendly lighting—comfortable lighting that makes people beautiful and creates an excellent atmosphere. The philosophy continues to this day to clearly influence the minimal and functional product design—with a focus on human well-being and perception of artificial light—to help create unique lighting environments. Louis Poulsen's product designs are also admired for their quality and lasting appeal, with the result that products remain contemporary year after year.
Today the company is a leading international lighting manufacturer that produces simple, beautiful products that suit types of architecture from all cultures, both new and old.