The collaboration between Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen began in 1925-1926 when Henningsen designed his first devices for an exhibition in Paris. This collaboration continued until his death in 1967. Throughout his life, Poul Henningsen sought to achieve glare-free, direct lighting in essential areas, creating soft shadows with incandescent bulbs as the light source. PH 3/2 Academy is part of the 3-screen family which today includes 30 lamps, three of which are for outdoors. Henningsen therefore not just designed a lamp, but an entire system: around a thousand variants have been produced over the years. This large collection consisted of table, floor and wall lamps, as well as several chandeliers, very popular in the 1930s, for illuminating private homes with high ceilings. Numerous combination options were possible. The lamps were available in different colors and materials, as well as numerous sizes. The first screens were made of metal, with the underlying surface painted white, gold or silver, depending on the type of lighting desired, warm and enveloping or cooler. Glass was later also introduced into the three-screen system. In addition to directing the light downward, the glass lamps illuminated the entire room. Henningsen was the first designer to pursue a scientific approach to lighting, using the lituum or logarithmic spiral as a basis. Thanks to this type of design, Henningsen managed to obtain a uniform distribution of light over the entire curve of the screen. This uniform distribution, together with the reflection diffused through the glass, allowed glare and shadows to be controlled. Each screen reduces the amount of light to the same extent due to their distance from the light source. PH lamp model numbers refer to screen size. Each upper screen has a respective intermediate and lower screen. In “pure” models, such as the 3/3 model, the upper screen is approximately 30cm wide, with corresponding lower screens. The PH 3/2 Academy consists of three lights with 30cm upper screens, but the lower screens are those used in the 2/2 model. These “hybrid” models were introduced to be able to hang pendant lamps at lower heights. The PH Academy currently in production was launched in 2000.
The three lights on the device are designed based on the principle of the three reflective screen system which directs most of the light downwards. The screens are made of three-layer blown opaline glass, polished in the upper part and satin sandblasted in the lower part and offer a soft and diffused light distribution.
Details of the product
3x40W E14 source
Material: blown opal white glass screens and body and suspended unit in polished chromed brass. Rosette: yes Cable length: 4 m Cable type: black fabric
Dimensions and measurements
Dimensions (mm):680 (Width) x 345 (height ) x 680 (length) Weight:6.4 kg
Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), designer, Hugely influential Danish architect, writer and cultural critic, he had a huge impact on Danish thought and design. His legacy as an original master of light is an integral part of Louis Poulsen's tradition of creating exceptional light.