Poul Henningsen Cabinets: To Have and to Hold

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Poul Henningsen Cabinets: To Have and to Hold

Poul Henningsen (PH), in keeping with Scandinavian design traditions and the Bauhaus influences of the 1930s he would adopt, believed in uncomplicated environments. PH realised that for a home to be truly functional, there must be space for storage. Initially inspired by a commission to create furniture for the apartment of a newly married couple in Copenhagen in 1919 and driven by a wider desire to improve the quality of daily life for everyone who owned his designs, PH devoted much thought to addressing the need for tidiness in his furniture creations. PH realised that for a life to be...

The PH Dressing Table: An Object of Desire

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The PH Dressing Table: An Object of Desire

Historically, humans have alway held the instinct to look at their reflection and adorn themselves as a means of self-expression. There is evidence that the desire to take care of one’s appearance can be traced back as far as the Ancient Egyptians, when those of high status would own elaborately jewelled or carved cosmetic boxes to carry items which they believed protected against illness, the effects of the sun, from the influences of evil spirits and of course, made them appear more ‘beautiful’. There is evidence that Egyptians of royal status would employ a servant to carry on their behalf...

Designed for Life: Tables for Every Generation

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Designed for Life: Tables for Every Generation
It is often said that ‘life is what happens when you are busy making plans’: at PH Furniture, we know that the most important plans do not always get made at the office but rather at the kitchen table. Since tables are commonly at the heart of one of the most frequently used rooms in our homes, it is the piece of furniture that is by definition at the very centre of our lives.

Piano Forever: An Enduring Love Affair

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Piano Forever: An Enduring Love Affair

There is a wealth of historical evidence that tells us that music has been part of our lives since primitive times. Music is generally a feature at every significant life event: births, marriages and deaths, there is a song for every occasion and a piece of music to accompany every moment in between. Music helps us to socialise, to be alone, to remember and to forget: at every turn music provides us with the soundtrack to our lives. The piano of course is the sonic chameleon of musical instruments. The ’pianoforte’ was invented over three hundred years ago by Italian...

The PH Lounge Chair – So Easy!

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The PH Lounge Chair – So Easy!

For when the living is easy. As a believer in Bauhaus design ideology, Poul Henningsen was absolutely clear that the functional performance of his furniture was paramount to the design. Poul Henningsen made no apology for this and in recognition of the importance of leisure as something distinct from ‘working’ and ‘eating’, the PH Lounge chair is all about complete relaxation.  Henningsen was well aware that the best ideas do not always happen at a desk and that allowing time for contemplation and creative thought in a situation that allowed the mind to flourish freely was as important as creating...

Dare to touch The Snake!

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Dare to touch The Snake!

It is never recommended to touch a real snake, but the PH designed Snake Chair is not your average beast…Poul Henningsen’s Snake Chair is a glorious representation of powerful design. While the Snake Chair won’t harm you, it’s sure to have an impact on your heart: keeping one’s hands away from it’s sensuous fluid lines realised in the smoothest of chromed steel, refined timber and the softest of leather can be difficult. Devoid of harsh angles, the Snake Chair sits in harmony with the widest variety of habitats. Poul Henningsen was a master of functional design: thinking alike his Bauhaus...

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