Initially designed in 1958, Henningson created the best-selling PH 5 Pendant as a reaction to his dislike of the harsh, unflattering lightbulbs of the time.
Christened PH 5 due to the 50cm diameter of the main shade, he meticulously developed the surrounding shades to work in unison, casting an evenly dispersed and glare-free ambient light. The soft pastel hues of this particular variation give the pendant a playful look, a joyful and welcome addition to a dining room, hallway or living space.
Poul Henningsen is an integral figure in lighting design and architecture, whose revolutionary views on the utilisation of light in the home led to a number of ground-breaking designs.
Collaborating with Louis Poulsen in 1924/25, Henningsen produced the first version of the seminal PH multi-shade lamp, a classic piece of modern lighting design, featuring separate elements which are shaped and assembled in such a way that the bulb is covered and light is directed downward, creating a soft, diffused effect.
Henningsen was aware of the importance of light in urban life, but sought a way to subdue the harshness of electric light while harnessing its mood-altering properties, believing that the aesthetic of an interior is highly dependent on how light is used.