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’...

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

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. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

PH Grand Dressing Table: Every day, Luxury

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PH Grand Dressing Table: Every day, Luxury

Designed in 1920 by Poul Henningsen (PH), the PH Grand Dressing Table is the larger relative of the PH Dressing Table, sharing all of the beautiful design features of it’s smaller counterpart – with the added advantage of extra storage space. The PH Grand Dressing Table boasts five deep drawers, perfectly designed to hide all manner of personal effects, to ensure the bedroom or dressing room in which it is placed remains free of clutter. Function and flexibility are at the forefront of many of Poul Henningsen’s creations, since Poul Henningsen believed that the performance of a product was fundamental...

The PH Desk: A Place to call Home

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The PH Desk: A Place to call Home

Desks mean different things to different people. For some, they are symbolic: they mean a place to work without distraction. Desks can mean more than that, however, a place of safety, comfort and familiarity, a place to return to after experiences away in an uncertain world. There is a reason why museums celebrating the lives of famous people often display their subject’s workspace. As a viewing audience, we are fascinated by the desk spaces of celebrated individuals, as it gives us an insight in to the mind of their owner. This demonstrates just how significant workspaces are to the outcome...

Innovation From The Ground Up

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Innovation From The Ground Up

Poul Henningsen (‘PH’) was inspired to create furniture that improved upon all that had gone before him. Using his knowledge as an architect and designer  – and later inspired by the Bauhaus movement in Germany – PH was able to create furniture that is as refreshing to the senses in contemporary times as it was during his lifetime. PH was unapologetically non-conformist and in order to truly innovate, he abandoned many of the traditional concepts of what furniture ‘should’ look like: this most evident in the construct of the legs of his furniture which are anything but conventional. Curved legs...

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