Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the Radiohuset building and created all the light fittings for the project in partnership with Louis Poulsen. The VL38 Table Lamp was originally used in the radio studios in the building. The VL38 family is now being relaunched in its original design, with an organically shaped shade, painted white or black and obliquely angled. The arms of the light are made of brass, and the lamp is fitted with LED light sources to accommodate contemporary advances in light technology and energy efficiency. Part of the VL38 family.
Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894–1984) was one of the most significant architects in the history of Denmark; he was the trail-blazing figurehead of Danish functionalism. A number of his buildings – Nørrebro Theatre, Daells Varehus department store, Radiohuset and the first airport built in Kastrup – represented the concentrated essence of contemporary life. Other significant buildings to stem from Lauritzen’s drawing board include Folkets Hus better known today as the Vega concert venue, the Shellhuset building and the Danish embassy in Washington.
Throughout his life, Vilhelm Lauritzen adhered to the principle that architecture is applied art – with equal emphasis on both ‘art’ and ‘applied’. “No life without aesthetics” was another one of Vilhelm Lauritzen’s firmly held beliefs.