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

n 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 to come closer to them. Remembering back to when...

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 look great in the...

Poul Henningsen Part Two: Future Classics

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Poul Henningsen Part Two: Future Classics

Continuing from the PH Magazine Article ‘PH and the Heart of Danish Design’ we discuss the legacy of Poul Henningsen’s furniture designs. What could not have been completely understood at the time when Poul Henningsen (PH) was prolifically working on furniture and lighting designs during the 1920s and 1930s was the potential for PH’s creations to have longevity far in to the future. Yet it can now be seen that PH’s real achievement was to create designs in his lifetime that were considered ‘contemporary’ in the 1920s and 1930s and yet are still considered to be completely relevant, ‘modern’ and sought after...

Poul Henningsen Part One: PH and the Heart of Danish Design

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Poul Henningsen Part One: PH and the Heart of Danish Design

n the first of a series of posts about Poul Henningsen (PH), PH Magazine explores further the life of the designer, the inspiration behind his furniture creations and their legacy. Poul Henningsen (1894 / 1967) began to design furniture as early as the 1919 and from this very early stage it was clear that PH thought differently to the designers who had crafted the aesthetic world in to which he was born. A trained architect, PH’s inspirations were often closer to home than the drawing board or the workshop and driven by resolving practical problems of product and design rather...

Flemming’s Choice

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Flemming’s Choice

Continuing from the PH Magazine Article: “Flemming Lindeløv and the Future of Furniture“. In Part Two of our discussion with Flemming Lindeløv, former CEO of Carlsberg and Royal Scandinavia and now Chairman of Toneart A/S, the holding company for the PH Furniture and PH Pianos brands, we talk more about music, furniture and what is motivating him to revive the iconic furniture designs of Poul Henningsen (PH) for the contemporary furniture market. PH Magazine: You have a connection with Music, with your involvement in Nordic Artists Management which is dedicated to the creation of classical music in the Nordic region....

Flemming Lindeløv and the Future of Furniture

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Flemming Lindeløv and the Future of Furniture

Formerly CEO of Carlsberg and Royal Scandinavia (the Danish industrial holding company for several brands across porcelain, glassware, accessories, cutlery and jewellery manufacturing including Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen and Holmegaard), Flemming Lindeløv is now Chairman of Toneart A/S, the holding company for the PH Furniture and PH Pianos brands exclusively licensed to produce the furniture designs of the late Poul Henningsen (PH). PH Magazine spent some time with Flemming in order better understand his role in the business. PH Magazine: How Did You Become Involved with PH Furniture? FL: When you have been a CEO in big Danish Companies for...

PH Furniture: A World Less Ordinary

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PH Furniture: A World Less Ordinary

Continuing PH Magazine’s series of interviews with Founder and CEO Søren Vincents Svendsen, we find out about what inspired him to start the PH Furniture brand and what is motivating his success. This article is a continuation from a previous post: ‘PH Values: A Beautiful Vision‘ PH Magazine: You have only been on the market for a few months with your new collection of PH Furniture and it must be very difficult to enter the market with new furniture products when there are already so many ‘heritage’ brands. How have you found the experience so far? SVS: You’re totally right....

Copenhagen Design House: The Home of Poul Henningsen designed PH Furniture and PH Pianos

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Copenhagen Design House: The Home of Poul Henningsen designed PH Furniture and PH Pianos

Copenhagen has long been a popular destination for those interested in Scandinavian art and design, as well as the many other diverse attractions the capital city of Denmark has to offer. Copenhagen Design House on Bredgade is located in the design epicentre of the city and is home to the showroom of PH Furniture and PH Pianos, where you can find the largest selection of Poul Henningsen designed furniture and pianos together in one place in the world. Here you will also find our staff, who have unrivalled knowledge about the design philosophy and manufacturing processes for all PH Furniture...

The PH Mirror – Visionary Design

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The PH Mirror – Visionary Design

The earliest ‘mirrors’ known to be used were actually pools of water, though of course they were not the most reliable source of reflection. Early engineering overcame the problem of relying on a puddle or lake to look at oneself, as the very first mirrors constructed of glass with a metal backing can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, all of whom fashioned their own versions of ‘looking glasses’. While it’s fundamental construction has not changed since ancient times, the modern mirror has come to be regarded as one of life’s essentials and for this reason...

PH Values: A Beautiful Vision

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PH Values: A Beautiful Vision

Continuing PH Magazine’s series of interviews with the Founder and CEO of PH Furniture Søren Vincents Svendsen, we find out what happened following the impulse purchase of the piano that would change the direction of his career. This article is a continuation from the previous post ‘Accidently on Purpose: An Unexpected Love Affair’ PH Magazine: Søren, tell us what happened next, after you had revived PH’s Piano design and started to produce the PH Grand Piano, which quickly began to sell really well? SVS: Maybe I should emphasise here that the beginning of all this is really based on a...

Accidentally On Purpose: An Unexpected Love Affair

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Accidentally On Purpose: An Unexpected Love Affair

Behind every start up business is usually an entrepreneur with vision, drive, passion, creativity and emotion. PH Furniture is no different….in a series of interviews we spent some time with PH Furniture’s Founder Søren Vincents Svendsen at the head office on Bredgade in Copenhagen to learn more about his personal and professional journey with Poul Henningsen designed PH Pianos and PH Furniture.  PH Magazine: Søren, how did your story with PH Furniture begin?’  SVS: Probably I saw the PH Lamp for many years but the first time I first encountered a spectacular PH product was at an office space very...

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