VL45 Radiohus Pendant Light
Louis Poulsen

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£385.00 RRP
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The fixture provides uniform, general and diffuse illumination.

The opening at the bottom of the glass produces downwards directed light. The quality of the glas sensures that the fixture is evenly lit. Finish: Glossy white opal glass, brushed brass. Material: Shade: Mouth-blown glossy white opal glass. Pendant tube: Brushed brass. Class: Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection I w. Ground. Energy Class A+ - E. The Radiohus Pendant was originally created for the Radiohuset building on Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, which was designed by the architect Vilhelm Lauritzen – one of the leading proponents of modernism and functionalism. Vilhelm Lauritzen also designed all the lights for the Radiohuset building in partnership with Louis Poulsen. The Radiohus Pendant has since become a cherished design icon that is in great demand at antique markets and auctions. On account of its huge popularity, Louis Poulsen has decided to reintroduce the Radiohus Pendant in September 2016, when the light will be available in two sizes: 250mm and 370mm diameter. The new light will feature the original design, updated to accommodate modern advances in light technology and energy efficiency. The Radiohus Pendant consists of three layers of mouth-blown glass. The innermost and outermost layers are made of transparent polished glass, while white glass is used for the intermediate layer. A master of the art of light “The historical ties between the Radiohus Pendant and the building for which it was created are clearly reflected in the design and the light-technology properties of the light itself. It was originally used for general illumination in many parts of the Radiohuset building. And with its powerful downwards light combined with gentler illumination via the opal glass – which generate softer tones in the room – it is simply ideal for illuminating both everyday objects and more decorative items. The pendant is decorative in a simple manner, and it aligns neatly with the current furnishing trend of combining modern design with tried and tested classics,” says Rasmus Markholt, Design Manager at Louis Poulsen. The Radiohus Pendant became Louis Poulsen’s best-selling lamp when it was first launched 80 years ago. Fashion moved on, however, and the original lamp was dropped from the company’s range. Nevertheless, several variations of this type of lamp have since appeared. Demand for the original Radiohus Pendant remains high to this day, proving that there is something special about Vilhelm Lauritzen’s lamps – which is why Rasmus Markholt anticipates a strong comeback for the VL45 Radiohus Pendant on both the Danish and international lamp markets. “Vilhelm Lauritzen was a master of the art of uniting materials and light. He carried out in-depth studies of daylight as early as in the 1920s, and throughout his working life he was devoted to developing and improving his lamps, which blended in harmoniously with the buildings he designed. So it is no accident that the Radiohus Pendant retains a faithful following of fans to this day, and we are looking forward to relaunching Vilhelm Lauritzen’s most popular lamp,” adds Rasmus Markholt. "

Vilhelm Lauritzen

Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894–1984) is one of the most significant architects in the history of Denmark; he was the trail-blazing figurehead of functionalism in Denmark. He is the architect behind a range of well-known buildings, including Nørrebro Theatre, Daells Varehus department store (the Skt. Petri Hotel today), the Radiohuset building and the famous Terminal 39 at Kastrup Airport. Other significant buildings to stem from Vilhelm Lauritzen’s drawing board include Folkets Hus (known today as the Vega concert venue), the Shellhuset building and the Danish embassy in Washington. In particular the Radiohuset building and the earliest version of Kastrup Airport – both listed today – are considered peerless monuments to modernism in the European genre of construction.

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