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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The PH Pope Chair – The Religion of Good Seating

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The PH Pope Chair – The Religion of Good Seating

As with many of Poul Henningsen’s furniture and lighting designs, the PH Pope Chair features a shape that is inspired by nature. The legs of Poul Henningsen’s PH Pope Chair resemble the roots of a tree, anchoring it firmly the ground, giving a sense of strength that goes beyond the purely physical. The PH Pope Chair is supported so unobtrusively that the main body of the chair almost seems to be floating above the floor on which it is placed. Though the base of the PH Pope Chair is fine and delicate in appearance, it is just as stable as...

A Fine Thing: Piano For Everyone

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A Fine Thing: Piano For Everyone

In continuation from the article ‘True Music, True Muse’ we discuss further the appeal of Poul Henningsen designed pianos with pianist, composer and PH Pianos Brand Ambassador Alice Thompson…   PH Magazine: Tell us more about the design ethos of Poul Henningsen’s pianos and why they appeal to you?   AT: What I like about the PH Grand Piano and also the smaller ‘Pianette’ which is Poul Henningsen’s design for an upright piano, is the idea that these unconventional piano designs are less intimidating than traditional wooden finished pianos. There is an ‘openess’ to PH’s piano designs that invites people...

True Muse, True Music

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True Muse, True Music

In this article PH Magazine discusses the PH Grand Piano with Composer, Pianist and PH Pianos Brand Ambassador Alice Thompson.   PH Magazine: Alice, you are a contemporary classical composer making solo piano music. Tell us about how you first discovered the Poul Henningsen designed PH Piano…    AT: Rather like Søren (CEO, PH Pianos), the first time I encountered the PH Piano it was completely unexpected. At the end of 2013, I remember visiting the Blüthner showroom in London to find a piano for a music video I was making – I needed to source a piano that would...

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