Poul Henningsen was born in 1894 in Denmark and became Denmark's first expert in lighting theory. He is perhaps most known for his design of the PH lamp. A lamp he created after hearing his mother complaining about the sharp light from the contemporary incandescent bulbs, making her look more wrinkly then she liked in her old age. Therefore PH developed a multiple shade system that gave the light a softer glare. "From the age of 18, when I began to experiment with light, I have been searching for harmony in lighting", PH stated.
From the age of 18, when I began to experiment with light, I have been searching for harmony in lighting
Even though Poul Henningsen is mostly known for his lamps, his talent was very diversified. He was trained at the Technical School in Copenhagen and the Danish College of Technology. Ever since 1920 Poul Henningsen worked as an independent architect in Copenhagen where he designed several houses, a factory, a part of Tivoli, the interiors of two theaters and the famous PH Grand Piano and Pianette. Besides working as an architect Poul Henningsen wrote articles for several newspapers and periodicals, he scripted a number of revues for Copenhagen theaters, he wrote poems, and was the editor of the magazine "Kritisk Revy" (Critical Revue). From his writings Poul Henningsen was known as a serious and sharp critical of society and architecture.