Poul Henningsen

Danish industrial designer, writer, film director, architect, editor of Kritisk Revy (Critical Revue), and social critic, Henningsen was trained as a bricklayer and, as many other Danish architects, had a background in crafts rather than academia. From 1919 he had his own studio, even though he never formally graduated as an architect. His contribution to the history of Danish design is primarily his experiments with electric lighting resulting in the PH lamp in the late 1920s. His intention was to create a mass-produced lamp that distributed the electric light in the room without blinding.

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