The Louvre is a simplification of an earlier light Henningsen designed in 1942, called the Spiral. The stunning globe-shaped fixture is made up of thirteen curvaceous shades mounted on four supports, creating an alluring, sculptural silhouette. Producing warming, glare-free light, the geometrical, spherical design is based on the principle of illuminating all surfaces at the same angle, resulting in uniform light around the fixture that illuminates both the wall and ceiling. A stunning piece of timeless elegance, the intricate, layered design is a true embodiment of Henningsen's genius.
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.