Poul Henningsen Part Two: Future Classics

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Poul Henningsen Part Two: Future Classics
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 than intellectual theories.

Poul Henningsen and the Heart of Danish Design

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Poul Henningsen and the Heart of Danish Design
In 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.

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’.

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.

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.

PH Axe Table: Design Beyond the Cutting Edge

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PH Axe Table: Design Beyond the Cutting Edge
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.

The PH Armchair: Armed for Comfort

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The PH Armchair: 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.

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 Armchair. 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, newspapers,...

The PH Dining Table: Fine Dining

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The 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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