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Brand Focus: Louis Poulsen
Nest.co.uk explores the history of iconic Louis Poulsen lighting set to make a return for 2016.
Over 140 years old, the Danish manufacturing company Louis Poulsen has created an array of iconic lighting solutions over the years.
Prioritising comfort, function and creating the perfect ambience above all else, the much loved brand, now based in Copenhagen, has remained loyal to its simple lighting philosophy over the course of the century.
Each product has a unique story behind its creation, with the most iconic designs being created in partnership with famous Danish architects. Famous names include Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Øivind Slaatto, nendo/Oki Sato, Shoichi Uchiyama, Anu Moser and Louise Campbell.
These exciting creative partnerships have led to the creation of timeless pieces of lighting, so sought after that some of the most adored designs have been revamped for 2016 and are all now available at nest.co.uk.
The Radiohus Pendant Light VL45
Originally designed for the Radiohuset building in Copenhagen in the 1940s, the iconic pendant light has been restyled. The original design was created by Poulsen with Danish innovative architect Vilhelm Lauritzen, who designed the famous building, and was a best seller in the years after its launch.
As fashions changed, the pendant was eventually discontinued to make way for new styles, but with functionalism and modernism at the core of its design, the Radiohus pendant is still as coveted today as it was back then. Regularly demanded at antique shops and auctions, the style was so popular that the new style is set to be another best seller now it's hit the market.
Renamed as the VL45, the new version of the Radiohus pendant light is available in two sizes: 25cm and 37cm, with advances in modern lighting integrated into its design. It is constructed using 3 layers of mouth-blown glass from Italy, the layers include transparent polished glass and white glass on the outer layer for a warm glow. Its stunning brass fitting has been left uncoated, so the owner can get a beautiful patina over the years, if desired.
Studio Lamp Comeback
Also designed for the famous Radiohuset building, the VL38 Studio Lamp is a triumph of modern functionality paired with timeless style.
The design of the VL38 directs light downwards, with an organically shaped head, white painted outer and careful positioning to provide perfectly balanced illumination. The combination of the white head against the long brass stem of the lamp make it a timeless, classic piece of lighting that can feature anywhere in the home.
Thanks to its versatility, simplicity and ability to transcend different eras, the 2016 VL38 has been developed as a family of products featuring a table, wall and desk version. Advances in lighting technology mean the 2016 version has integrated LED technology too, for maximum energy efficiency.
The Panthella Mini
Interior designer Verner Panton originally created the Panthella lamp together with Louis Poulson in 1971. Semi-spherical with a trumpet shaped foot, Panton was a pioneer when it came to design and had a desire to use new materials such as steel and plastic long before other designers. His love of curved lines and spherical shapes was also strikingly innovative, causing a flurry of interest in the design world.
The full scale Panthella Table Lamp in acylic finish.
The 2016 version of the Mini Panthella Lamp is ironically more like Panton’s original designs than any other model before, thanks to its painted metallic shade which is available in 8 colours. With technology still being quite limited at the time, Panton’s vision of the lamp with a metal shade wasn’t possible to be created.
Colour and imagination were two defining features of Panton’s work and the vivid spectrum of colours the Panthella is available in reflects this. Drawing from his 1998 exhibition, Lyse tog Farven’, the colours span yellow, orange, mauve, red, pink, blue and two shades of green. The energy of the Panthella makes it just as current today as it was in the 70s, now featuring three light intensities and the latest LED technology.
The Louis Poulsen brand has showrooms across the globe in Stockholm, Tokyo, Oslo and Los Angeles. All three of the new 2016 Louis Poulsen light designs are available to buy now from nest.co.uk.
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