In the 1950s, Louis Poulsen introduced a new reading lamp by Poul Henningsen, the celebrated pioneer of Danish design. Because of its adjustable arm that can be levered up and down, the lamp was immediately dubbed ‘The Water Pump’. In honour of Poul Henningsen’s legacy, the PH 3/2 Amber Coloured Glass Floor Lamp is Louis Poulsen’s PH Limited Edition 2019.
The Water Pump retains PH’s famous three-shade system from 1926, which he invented to reduce glare and enhance illumination in his lamp designs. The shades are made of mouth-blown amber-coloured glass – golden on both sides and slightly translucent, which produces a warm and inviting light. In the late 1920s, Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen introduced coloured glass lamps to attract new customers, but perhaps the golden ambience that the shades created also reminded the designer of the old days before electricity became standard in every home, sitting at night in the soft glow of kerosene lamps.
The base, stem and arm are made of untreated brushed brass that enhances the authentic feel of the Water Pump to create a sophisticated, yet intimate and cosy ambience in any interior. The light switch can be traced back to Henningsen’s 1927 table lamps. Also crafted from brushed brass, the through-switch is located at the end of the arm. Henningsen’s initials are beautifully engraved beneath the switch. The PH Limited Edition 2019 will be available between 1 October and 31 December.
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.