Elaborate and ornate, the Poul Henningsen PH 2.1 Stem Fitting Pendant is aesthetically beautiful, but also serves as an incredibly effective lamp. The innovative three-shade system reflects light downwards, creating a powerful glow that won't overwhelm a living space. To achieve that distinctive effect, the lamp is gloss on top but matte underneath. This is mid-century Danish lighting design from one of the most exciting periods in design history. The combination of polished chrome and white also makes it easy to incorporate into any Scandinavian-inspired interior.
Poul Henningsen trained as an architect and then industrial designer. Unlike his contemporaries who were exploring unusual shapes and bulbs, he was interested in the humble shade; blocking, spreading and directing light. The breakthrough that motivated the 2.1 Stem Fitting Pendant was using mathematical shapes to fold pleats into complex organic creations. The PH 2.1 is a hybrid model intended for home use and borrows from the mathematical idea of a logarithmic spiral. What that means in relation to lighting is that, the lamp is powerful, subtle and completely glare-free. Some of Poul Henningsen's most iconic designs also include The Artichoke Lamp and The PH 5 Pendant.
Often said to be the first lighting architect, Danish designer, Poul Henningsen devoted much of his life to exploring the importance of light for well-being. Believing people should not be subject to the direct glare of an electrical light source, he focused on creating lamps that produced glare-free illumination. His self-titled PH series was his most famous collection and included the PH 3/2 Table Lamp, the PH Artichoke, the PH5 and PH 3½ - 2½ Floor Lamp.
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