PH Lounge Table: A Display of Design Excellence

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PH Lounge Table: A Display of Design Excellence

The PH Lounge Table designed in 1932 by Poul Henningsen (PH) is the perfect addition to any lounge space where a table is required to gather around or for display. Taller than a low coffee table, the PH Lounge Table lends itself to a wide variety of settings, since it is the correct height to complement taller lounge chairs, such as the Poul Henningsen designed PH Pope Chair and PH Arm Chair. More formal than a coffee table but smaller than a dining table, the PH Lounge Table is the perfect table on which to place one’s reading book, magazines,...

The PH Arm Chair: Armed for Comfort

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The PH Arm Chair: Armed for Comfort

2019 sees the Centenary Anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus Design School in Germany by architect Walter Gropius. It can be observed that much of the furniture that was designed during the Bauhaus movement’s most prolific years are now considered to be icons of 21st Century design almost one hundred years after their inception. The Bauhaus designs conceptualised in the 1930s have become enduring favourites in decades beyond, due to their practicality, durability and refined, timeless style. Poul Henningsen (PH) was designing extensively in the time of the Bauhaus movement and some of the Bauhaus design principles can also...

Contemporary Classical Composition: The PH Bow Grand Piano at the Sanders Hotel, Copenhagen

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Contemporary Classical Composition: The PH Bow Grand Piano at the Sanders Hotel, Copenhagen

The newly opened Sanders Hotel in Copenhagen prides itself on not just the smartest of interiors and the most refined service – but also on providing a hotel environment that evokes an intimate and familiar sense of being ‘home from home’.    Every room in the Sanders Hotel is decorated to be individual, emphasising it’s boutique feel. Decorated with carefully curated artwork and a short walk away from the Royal Danish Theatre and the parts of Copenhagen steeped in rich history, this is a hotel that feeds the senses with art, architecture and culture.    The lobby at the Sanders...

PH Stories: The PH Piano at the Hotel Ambassadori, Tbilisi

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PH Stories: The PH Piano at the Hotel Ambassadori, Tbilisi

As a supplier of customised fine musical instruments, PH Pianos are always delighted to visit clients following the delivery of their PH Grand Piano as part of the exemplary levels of service provided to PH Grand Piano owners all over the world. In February, PH Pianos Chief Executive Søren Vincents Svendsen was delighted to visit the Hotel Ambassadori in Tbilisi to meet the hotel owners and management team, along with the PH Grand Piano that is now proudly displayed inside the lobby. The Hotel Ambassadori in Tbilisi is a luxury hotel that promises it’s guests the best in hospitality, fine...

The PH Bow Piano: Making Waves

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The PH Bow Piano: Making Waves

The Poul Henningsen (PH) designed PH Bow Piano is a radical departure from the expectation of how a wooden cased piano should be presented. It was Poul Henningsen’s innate belief that when designing a piece of furniture form should always follow function and that the practical performance of his creation was of paramount importance. PH also believed that it was possible to redesign many everyday objects and pieces of furniture in such away that not only would they function better but they would also be more aesthetically pleasing. The PH Bow Piano is no exception to this philosophy.  The PH...

PH Dining Table: Fine Dining

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PH Dining Table: Fine Dining

Many of Poul Henningsen’s furniture designs are based on the concept of curved tubular steel: such iconic Poul Henningsen pieces include the PH Snake Chair and PH Snake Stool, the PH Desk, the PH Lounge Chair, the PH Chair and the PH Pope Chair. Complementary to these is the PH Dining Table, which also features chromed tubular steel legs to create a timeless design for a dining table that is both practical and elegant.   Poul Henningsen favoured the idea that there should be clear delineation between what is being carried and what is carrying across all his furniture designs. As such, PH was committed to the creation of...

The PH Circle Table: For the Circle of Life

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The PH Circle Table: For the Circle of Life

What is the significance of a table? And why does the design detail of such a relatively simple piece of furniture really matter? Poul Henningsen (PH) was a designer and architect who believed that the small details of even the most ‘every day’ furniture really mattered. Although it’s presence may be quiet and it’s appearance refined and understated rather than flamboyant…a table is not just a table. A table is very often an essential conduit to our functioning as human beings and even to our success, since – as Poul Henningsen recognised – the things we encounter in our daily...

PH Board Tables: Every Idea, Illuminated

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PH Board Tables: Every Idea, Illuminated

Egalitarian beliefs were fundamental to Poul Henningsen (PH) and these ideas underpinned every design that he created. This philosophy can be seen most clearly in PH’s ‘Board Tables’, created to provide the ultimate versatile workspace for the production and execution of ideas.  Poul Henningsen’s Board Tables produced by PH Furniture feature the same legs as the the PH Axe Table, legs that were inspired by the humble axe handle following PH’s visit to Canada. The axe shaped legs give the PH Board Tables a strength that is both physical and metaphorical: this is a table that is designed to inspire...

The PH Chair: Seriously Good Seating

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The PH Chair: Seriously Good Seating

The Poul Henningsen (PH) designed PH Chair is an example of Scandinavian design at it’s very best. With a framework constructed of just two tubes of curved steel, the PH Chair is minimal, durable and versatile. Perhaps initially inspired by the humble ‘bistro chair’, Poul Henningsen’s PH Chair advances on the concept of a traditional ‘bent wood’ chair by replacing the wooden frame with steel, thus making it considerably more durable and stable. The wooden or cane seat expected to be found on a ‘bistro chair’ also receives an upgrade at the deft hand of Henningsen. The PH Chair produced by PH...

The Fine Art of Storage

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The Fine Art of Storage

The Poul Henningsen (PH)  designed PH Grand Chest and it’s smaller counterpart, the PH Small Drawer Chest were designed in the 20th Century, but it transpires that they provide perfect solutions for a very 21st Century problem: that of storage. The PH Grand Chest and PH Small Drawer Chests are designed to be viewed and admired from all angles. While most chests of drawers are created with the view that they will be positioned against a wall, the PH Grand Chest and PH Small Drawer Chests can be placed in the centre of a room, since they are beautifully finished on all sides. Both are...

PH Axe Table: Design Beyond the Cutting Edge

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PH Axe Table: Design Beyond the Cutting Edge

Poul Henningsen (PH) used the concept of the humble axe handle to create a table that is strong, beautiful and durable. While Denmark has a history of axe design (the Dane Axe was used throughout Europe as a knightly weapon from the 10th to the 16th centuries), PH’s inspiration for the PH Axe Table came after he visited Canada. Henningsen saw beyond the axe as simply a functional item for chopping wood (or in ancient times, battle and warcraft) and instead saw the potential for it’s reinvention in to an interesting and sturdy table, constructing early models in Hickory wood....

Poul Henningsen: Re-Shaping the Future

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Poul Henningsen: Re-Shaping the Future

Poul Henningsen’s furniture and piano designs sit distinctly apart from the creations of his contemporaries. Poul Henningsen (PH) was prolific in his output, creating numerous ideas for furniture, lighting and public spaces. Though the range of items PH designed is diverse, they all have one thing in common: PH’s desire to re-shape the future of the every day environment experienced by everyone in to something more functional, more practical and more beautiful. Though Poul Henningsen is best known for his lighting and piano designs, he was also a trained architect and it is likely that this fundamental understanding of use...

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