Poul Henningsen's 120th Birthday

Poul Henningsen's 120th Birthday

To mark Poul Henningsen’s 120th birthday on September 9th 2014, Louis Poulsen is launching a PH 3.5-3 pendant with a new twist.


PH 3 12 colours block


The PH  3.5-3 is based on Poul Henningsen’s original drawings from the late 1920's/early 1930's, featuring his renowned three-shade system. The pendant has metal shades, available in green, yellow, red and white, and the fixture housing is silk matte brown, made of copper. These are all based on Poul Henningsen’s colour universe.

As an extra feature, all shades have a white painted edge, accentuating the familiar profile of the three-shade fixture and creating beautiful optical symmetry.

The shades are pressed at Louis Poulsen’s factory in Vejen, by Louis Poulsen’s own staff – a craft only very few are trained in.

Although the fixture is over 80 years old, it is both modern and classic at the same time, making it ideally suited to a broad range of interior design environments. It is seen as a charming, rustic, functional and unpretentious fixture. 

Poul Henningsen was called the light artist, to which he responded: “If you create art, you are an artist – good or bad. And illuminating a room is most certainly art.”