The company history of Louis Poulsen is closely linked to the history of the first Danish power plants. When the second power plant of the country began operating in Copenhagen in 1892, the wine importing company founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen converted into a company selling tools and electrical equipment.
In 1896, Louis Poulsen - nephew of Ludvig R. Poulsen - joins the company, leading it since 1906 after the death of his uncle.
Louis Poulsen soon moved the headquarters to Copenhagen where the parent company is still located today.
Due to the participation in an international exhibition of decorative arts in Paris (Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs & Industriels Modernes), a collaboration began between Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen in 1924. At just this exhibition, Henningsen’s lamps are awarded with a gold medal in 1925. In 1926, Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen win the tender for lighting for the Forum building in Copenhagen with their legendary PH lamp with three screens. In the same year, the design lamps enter the market. The first catalogue is published with texts in Czech, Danish, German, English and French. Until 1929, the distribution network is expanded, including agencies in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. In addition to the well-known classics such as the impressive PH pendant lamp Kogelen (also known as the tap), the PH pendant lamp PH5 and the graceful table lamps in the PH series, all named after the initials of their creator Poul Henningsen, designers Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and architect Jens Møller-Jensen designed true lamp classics for Louis Poulsen in the 50s and 60s. In addition to the classics, still produced and distributed by Louis Poulsen, the company is developing the classics of tomorrow together with contemporary designers such as Ross Lovegrove and Louise Campbell. Louis Poulsen is without a doubt one of the most prestigious and innovative lamp manufacturers. The combination of flexible production, knowledge and innovation at Louis Poulsen laid the foundation for a successful symbiosis of technology and architecture. The philosophy of the lamps is based on just three core elements: function - comfort - ambience. A similarly clear and logical design is the result - without superfluous details and a shape that remains unchanged no matter whether the light is on or off. When it comes to light, Louis Poulsen has considered every detail.
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