In 1924, Poul Henningsen created his influential Paris lamp for Louis Poulsen, and the origin of how we still design to shape light can directly be traced back to his views on the dualities of design and light.
Founded in 1874, Louis Poulsen is a Danish lighting manufacturer born out of the Scandinavian design tradition where form follows function. The function and design of our products are tailored to reflect and support the rhythm of natural light. Every detail in the design has a purpose. Every design starts and ends with light.
(1902-1971) was trained as a bricklayer and graduated
from The Technical Society's school in 1924 and Copenhagen Art Academy 1927. In
1928 he received the Academy's gold medal, but prior to this, when only 23, he
was awarded a silver medal at the 1925 Paris World Exhibition - the first of
numerous honours that became a natural accompaniment to his artistic activities,
his untiring search and his brilliant conceptions, made manifest by many
successes in competitions at home and abroad. His main works include: town halls
in ?rhus, Søllerød, Rødovre and Glostrup, SAS-building (Royal Hotel) in
Copenhagen, Munkegårds School in Gentofte, Toms Chocolate Factory in Ballerup,
The Danish National Bank headquarters, a sports hall in Landskrona, St.
Catherine's College, Oxford and Hamburgerische Elektrizitätswerke's
administration building. In 1932, Arne Jacobsen began collaboration with Fritz
Hansens Eft. A/S, and over a period of years designed a series of chairs which
are now recognised as milestones in the development of modern furniture. They
include "The Ant" (1951), "The Egg" (1957), and "The Swann"(1957). But he was
also an innovator in other design fields, such as the tableware series
"Cylinda-line" in stainless steel.
Arne Jacobsen was a professor at the Art Academy, and received honorary
doctorates from a number of foreign universities and academies. Cylinda-line was
awarded the ID-prize 1967 by The Danish Society of Industrial Design and The
International Design Award 1968 by The American Institute of Interior Designers.