Very early on in his career, before he had reached the age of 30, Poul Henningsen (PH) had designed a number of items of lighting that could be described as a ‘commercial’ successes. Having trained as an architect and begun to experiment with furniture design in his twenties, Poul Henningsen in 1924 collaborated with the lighting manufacturerLouis Poulsenon what we today know as the iconic PH Lamp.
Forget all you know about Danish design and start again with Poul Henningsen or just the PH he used as his signature: simple, functional and to the point. Everything he produced from architecture and furniture to cultural critique and poetry follows this one single line of thought.
Born in 1894, the early life of Poul Henningsen (PH) was considered rather unconventional in his lifetime. The fourth child of writer Agnes Henningsen and satirist Carl Ewald, PH was born in to a highly creative family environment. Undoubtably, PH’s childhood enabled him to feel that he was free to undertake an ‘non-traditional’ and creative path as he grew older as it had already been demonstrated by his parents that this was not only acceptable, but also to be applauded.