PH 3½-2½ Table Lamp
Louis Poulsen

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£965.00 RRP
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The louvre is 100% glare-free, with a design based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs most of the light downwards.

The white painted lower surface of the top shade gently directs the light downwards. The two bottom mouthblown opal glass shades ensure a large glare-free light surface, making optimum use of the light source to provide comfortable, functional lighting. The opal glass shades are shiny on the outside and matt on the inside.

Other shades: Mouth-blown white opal glass

Switch: On the cord.

Class: Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection II w/o ground. Energy Class A+ - E.

Modern yet nostalgic PH lamp

PH 3½-2½ Table

Design: Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen’s legendary design stems from his own, brilliant three-shade system. We are now delighted to introduce a completely new range of table lamps based on his original design from the end of the 1920s.

PH’s original design from this period was highly functional – some people might even term it ‘industrial’ – largely on account of his own highly functional approach to his overarching aim with regard to lighting: a desire to create the best possible lighting atmosphere for all purposes.

That is why it is interesting to note that the marketing of this table lamp was

targeted specifically towards young students. PH himself was involved in designing the

advertisements, and the header left little doubt about the intention: If the young

student is to learn anything, he needs a good reading light! In the advertising copy, he launched an assault on the aspect that concerned him the most: poor lighting. And, of course, he presented his own solution to the problem.

The PH 3½-2½ Table is a lamp with an extremely high level of detail. In particular, the shade holder is an extraordinary detail that testifies to the precision applied to each and every lamp. The frame is painted silk matt brown, giving the lamp the same appearance as the burnished brass lamps typical of the period. For environmental reasons, this burnishing process is no longer used today, but the new finish is almost identical and not as vulnerable to external influences as the original.

The table lamp is fitted with a metal top shade, whose white lower surface reflects the light gently downwards. In addition to ensuring improved effectiveness of the light source, the two mouth-blown lower shades provide pleasant, glare-free lighting in the room as a whole.

The top shade is available in the following colours: yellow, red, green and white – the same colours as PH used in his own lamp ranges. In addition, the top shade is fitted with a white-painted, rolled edge that makes the shade appear more voluminous, thus helping underpin the iconic profile of the three-shade lamp.

The PH 3½-2½ table lamp adds an historical detail to PH’s expansive range of products. A detail that brings a nostalgic touch to any interior, without clashing with the other fittings and furnishings. And with a choice of four colours, its presence can be made more or less prominent depending on mood, imagination and creativity.

But that’s enough about materials and colours ... The lighting is still the most important aspect, and PH discovered that the combination of a metal top shade and a lower shade in opalescent white glass was one of the most effective and decorative ways to make use of the light source. The light was directed precisely where it was most needed. Without dazzling, it nevertheless illuminated the area below the lamp in a functional, pleasant and – in particular – extremely atmospheric manner. It is tempting to refer to the illumination as ‘decorative’, and it cannot be denied that the table lamp is decorative, irrespective of whether it is switched on or off.

With the PH 3½-2½ table lamp, Louis Poulsen is adding a new member to the PH 3½-3 pendant range, so if you are looking for conceptual lighting for your lounge, dining room, bedroom or any other room, you can be sure that the models from this range will provide efficient, attractive lighting – and help create a decorative and inspiring interior.

The PH 3½-2½ table lamp features an E14 fitting which accommodates a wide range of light sources, including several LED models. The shade diameter is 33 cm and the lamp height is 45 cm.

Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.

He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author. For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.

His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine “NYT”. The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).

Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction—compared to man’s need for light remains the fondation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen.

Louis Poulsen is a Danish lighting manufacturer born out of the Scandinavian design tradition.