PH Limited Edition from Louis Poulsen

(From 1 October through 31 December)


Limited edition 2023 - PH 2/2 LUNA Table Lamp

The PH 2/2 Luna is the 2023 Limited Edition from Louis Poulsen. Originally designed by Poul Henningsen as a bedside table lamp, the lamp can be characterized by its curved frame and beautiful details. The lamp uses the well-known and much-loved three-shade system that Poul Henningsen invented back in 1926. The brushed brass beautifully compliments the three mouth-blown shades, and the lamp's beautiful body embraces the light, creating a wonderful and functional lighting object.

Originally, the model was smaller than it is today - only 23 cm tall - but with the re-release, Louis Poulsen enlarges the figure to 32 cm. At the same time, additional functionality is added with a swivel head that allows you to point the lamp's light according to your lighting needs. Both updates make the lamp more useful for the modern home.

As mentioned, the lamp was originally intended as a bedside table lamp, but can easily be used elsewhere. The PH 2/2 Luna is wonderful on a sideboard as a decorative piece in the living room - but also on the deep windowsill and on the desk in the home office.

Buy the beautiful table lamp here - for a limited time only

Limited Edition 2022 - PH 3/2 Table Lamp + PH 3/3 Pendant

2022 has brought lots of exciting new launches from Louis Poulsen, including TWO new PH Limited Editions in an exquisite combination of opal glass and brass. The first ever PH lamp first saw the light of day in 1927, three years after the influential designer Poul Henningsen invented the iconic three-shade system. Over the course of his lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen, Henningsen launched numerous PH editions, and Limited Editions have been released every year since—and 2022 is no exception.

This time around, Louis Poulsen is treating us lamp enthusiasts to two new PH Limited Editions: the PH 3/3 pendant and the PH 3/2 table lamp in classic colour combinations. This blend of lovely, classic materials gives the lamps a highly aesthetic yet authentically retro touch that makes them just as decorative as they are practical. The warm, metallic notes of the brass can be integrated into any style of décor, where they contribute a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, not to mention an atmospheric light. The three-shade system is carefully designed to ensure a soft, comfortable, glare-free glow that ensures overall comfort, and the original bottom lampshade on the PH 3/3 pendant contributes greatly to this comfort as well.
The new PH Limited Editions radiate warmth, cosiness, and undoubtable elegance thanks to their use of opal glass and brass, which develops a natural patina with time, making the lamps more beautiful and unique as time goes on. If you want to keep the original finish, you can carefully polish the brass.

What the new Limited Editions have in common is the refined and exclusive touch provided by Poul Henningsen’s engraved signature. Adding further to their exclusivity is the fact that the lamps are only available for a limited time, which makes them coveted collectors’ items.

Decorate your home with a unique Danish design icon that contributes a good story and an incredible piece of artisanry that never goes out of style!

Limited Edition 2021 - PH 2/2 “The Question Mark” Table Lamp

Poul Henningsen designed the distinct and decorative PH 2/2 “Question Mark” Table Lamp in 1931. The lamp was in production until the mid-1950s, and this year marks the first time it’s back in circulation—as a Limited Edition that will be available for a limited time only.

Just like the original design, this version comes with a brass frame. Paired with an opal glass lampshade, the lamp has a classic expression that fits seamlessly into any style of décor. Naturally, the table lamp has a PH 2/2 lampshade, constructed using the legendary three-shade system developed by Poul Henningsen in 1926. The semi-transparent lampshades have a lovely glossy surface and a sandblasted interior to ensure a matte finish.

The PH 2/2 Question Mark stays true to the original design: the discreet switch at the bottom of the base, the elegant handle on the middle of the frame that allows you to tilt the upper part, the brass finish, and the legendary three-shade system.

Make sure to grab your PH 2/2 The Question Mark here. Note that the lamp will only be available from October 1st until December 31st, 2021 (available for pre-order from September 1st, 2021)

Limited Edition 2020 - PH 2/1 Table Lamp

From September 1st 2020, you once again have the chance to get a completely unique Limited Edition by Louis Poulsen. Pre-order PH 2/1 Table Amber from September 1st 2020, and be one of the first to receive the table lamp right at home.

2020 Limited Edition is the iconic, incredibly popular PH 2/1 Table Lamp. The design goes all the way back to basics.

A three-lampshade principle, developed by Poul Henningsen as a tribute to the correct light. Back then, the principle put Henningsen on the map as one of the greatest light designers in the world. The Limited Edition table lamp comes with three lampshades of blown Italian glass in a lovely warm amber shade. The stand is made of natural untreated brass, which will develop a patina over time, giving the table lamp a completely unique expression. The stand is also home to the switch, just like it was on the first model of the PH 2/1 Table Lamp many years ago – a circuit breaker that adds a truly special touch.

PH 3/2 Amber Glass Floor Lamp “The Water Pump” – Limited Edition 2019

Louis Poulsen are famous for their lovely lamps with classic designs. Working closely with renowned designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and last, but not least, Poul Henningsen, they have crafted unique lamps that are more than just beautiful to behold, but also cast a lovely light.

Every autumn, Louis Poulsen pays tribute to Poul Henningsen’s genius work that focused on the shaping of light by manufacturing an extraordinary PH lamp based on one of his existing designs. Among other products, they have created limited editions of the PH 3/2 table lamp and the popular PH Artichoke. In 2019, Louis Poulsen are launching an exclusive Limited Edition of his unique PH 3/2 floor lamp - better known as “The Water Pump”. The new version has lampshades made from handblown amber glass to highlight the lampshades’ organic shapes and the lovely brass frame.

“The Water Pump” was developed during the war and belongs to the group of lamps that “survived” the material scarcity and budgets cuts that ravaged Louis Poulsen’s large selection of PH lamps during the war. Owing to the tilting arm that can be pulled up and down, the reading lamp soon became known as “The Water Pump”, a name that has stuck to this day.

The earlier version of “The Water Pump” from the early 1940s had the switch mounted on the tilting arm, while the later version mounted this on the cable. These days, the switch can be found at the end of the tilting arm, with Poul Henningsen’s initials beautifully engraved.

To highlight the authenticity of the lamp and create a sophisticated expression, the base, frame, and arm are all made from untreated brass. The warm colour creates an intimate and cosy atmosphere in the room and goes hand in hand with modern décor, which continues to gravitate towards metallic shades. Over time, the untreated brass will develop a natural patina, ensuring completely uniqueness down the line.

The world-famous PH lamp is the perfect companion for the trends of our time, where decorating your home with distinct designer lamps with their own stories has become a staple. There is a lot of focus on Scandinavian design classics, and the “Danish Modern” label has risen to prominence.

PH 3/2 Table Lamp – Limited Edition 2018

In 2018, the traditional lighting business Louis Poulsen launched a Limited Edition PH 3/2 table lamp. The table lamp was created by the renowned and influential architect Poul Henningsen. Throughout his life, he worked with dedication to shape and create “the good light”. His designs are known and loved around the globe and are now available in an exclusive material combination: three lampshades made from blown amber Italian glass with a frame made from lightly brushed brass.

The switch is built into the lamp and placed at the bottom of the brass frame – right above the engraving of Poul Henningsen’s initials. This placement traces its roots back to the PH table lamps of the 1920s. The original detail and thought-through shape of the exclusive material makes the Limited Edition table lamp a timeless work of art that adds a touch of warm elegance to any room.

PH 3½-3 limited edition pendant - 2017

PH designed the legendary tree-screen principle back in 1926 and by the end of the 1920s, the concept was introduced with coloured glass. The design on the brass suspension was originally introduced in 1928. The Italian hand-blown three-layer glass in the classic amber shapes underpin the exceptional heat and human expression of the pendant. As the glass for each pendant is individually manufactured, the lamps have slight variations between them. Each lamp is unique and just as much of an artwork as of functional lighting.

The warm amber colour and gloss on the outside of the screens, combined with the sand-blown matte underside, provide a soft light with an ideal diffusion. When the pendant is off, it continues to play a dynamic role in its surroundings, as the glossy surface reflects its surroundings. The suspension of brushed brass is untreated to ensure that it develops a unique patina over time, unless it is polished.
The exclusive edition is only available from 14 October to 31 December 2017, inclusive.

Amber and brass

Amber and brass

When Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen introduced the handblown, coloured glass for the first time in the 1920s, this was in an attempt to attract new customers. Back then, the focus was on warm and natural colours with distinct expressions and lovely craftsmanship. The glass lampshades offered an advantage in the form of letting some of the light shine through whilst also directing it upwards, downwards, or into the room. This ensured that the lamp contributed to the overall lighting and the cosy atmosphere.

We continue to see a tendency to incorporate golden colours into Scandinavian décor, especially shades of yellow – right from light to dark yellow. The amber lampshades are the perfect companions to this trend, as the colour has an incredibly inviting effect and emits a warm, calm expression. The golden light from the amber lampshades is reminiscent of candlelight – an atmospheric light that Poul Henningsen was focused on recreating in electrical form in order to fulfil our human needs.

The first light philosophy – Thoughts behind the iconic PH lamp
In 1907, the Danish designer, architect, author, and cultural critic Poul Henningsen saw the electrical light of day for the first time. In 1920, half of all Danish households were equipped with electrical lighting, but he thought that the electrical bulb created an impossible light – either it was too sharp or the lampshade stole most of the light. In response, he started developing a lampshade that emitted light at full capacity without blinding, and he spent most of his life taming and refining the phenomenon. “It seems as though the strength of light that has been cheaply acquired for us in recent years has cost us the quality, beauty, and truth of our light.” – Poul Henningsen. “Just think about how much fine and precise filigree work and watchmaking could be done by the light of a single flame back in the day.”

According to Poul Henningsen, the technicians dreamt of turning night into day – a dream that he considered unartistic and wrong, as human beings need the circadian rhythm. “On a winter’s day, when dawn and dusk practically meet at midday, you can have your light on all day – but of course, you don’t want a fluorescent lamp that reminds you of the light of noon on a summer’s day.”
Thoughts like these inspired Poul Henningsen to create a lamp that reduced the amount of uncomfortable blinding and improved the electrical light in terms of the needs of human beings.

As myth would have it, the idea of a new lampshade system came to him in 1915, when his mother, the author Agnes Henningsen, despaired to see herself in the mirror. She was incredibly vain and saw herself as ugly in the cold light of the electrical bulb. She missed the warm glow of the petroleum lamp. This gave rise to his desire to create new lamps for the home, causing him to experiment with a variety of bulbs, reflectors, and lampshades. Regardless of his motivations, Poul Henningsen was preoccupied with the idea of creating a better light.
Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen

Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen

Poul Henningsen spent multiple years working on the PH lamp. He tried out his first ball lamp with slats in 1921, and that same year, he drew the PH streetlight. A few years later, his new-found experience granted him admission to a modern craftsmanship exhibition in Paris. This was thanks to his lampshades, which distributed the direction and reflection of the rays of light with remarkable precision.

It was at this moment that the lamp manufacturer Louis Poulsen noticed Poul Henningsen’s design and gave him the task of creating ten different lamps for the exhibition. The lamps were exhibited under the name “Système PH” and won first prize in all six lighting fixture categories.

Since then, their partnership has led to the creation of numerous design classics. Including Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke, PH5, and last, but not least,PH Snowball. Based on his own experiences and new calculations for the reflection of light, Poul Henningsen developed a lamp with three curvilinear lampshades in 1926 – the PH lamp! The lamp was made to create the same angle between the lampshade and the rays of light. This meant that direct light did not escape but rather was reflected in the desired direction. He himself described the lamp as a plate, a bowl, and a mug with a scale of 4:2:1.

Since then, Louis Poulsen has presented hundreds of different PH lamps in the forms of chandeliers and standing, wall, ceiling, and table lamps. All built on the same simple three-shade system.