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Louis Poulsen

PH 3/2 Pendant


The fixture is designed based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of hand blown opal three-layer glass, which is glossy on top and sandblasted matte on the underside, giving a soft and uniform light distribution.

Poul Henningsen designed the three-shade system in 1925/1926, initially for a Paris exhibition. His collaboration with Louis Poulsen lasted until his death in 1967. PH aimed to create glare-free lighting, directing light where needed and creating soft shadows with incandescent bulbs.

The PH 3/2 Pendant is part of the three-shade family, one of 19 versions available today. Over a thousand models have been produced, including table, floor, and wall lamps, as well as chandeliers popular in the 1930s. The lights came in various colors and sizes, with early shades made of metal and later glass.

Henningsen was the first to use a scientific approach to lighting, employing the logarithmic spiral for even light distribution and glare control. Each shade in the system reduces light equally due to their distance from the source. Model numbers correspond to shade sizes, with hybrid models like the PH 3/2 Pendant using a 30 cm top shade and smaller lower shades to allow for lower hanging heights.

9.5"H x 11.3"Ø, Cable Length: 144"

Light Source:
1 x 15W LED A-19 Medium E26

Shades: Handblown white opal glass
Suspension: Black or brass metabolized or high lustre chrome plated 

If in stock, please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery. If not in stock, please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery.


Poul Henningsen (1894-1967) was a highly influential Danish designer, architect, writer, and cultural critic, renowned for his pioneering work in lighting design, which remains integral to Louis Poulsen’s heritage. Born in Copenhagen to writers Agnes Henningsen and Carl Ewald, Henningsen initially practiced functionalist architecture but became famous for his innovative lighting designs. During WWII, he briefly served as the head architect for Tivoli Gardens before fleeing to Sweden, where he joined a community of Danish artists.


Established in 1874 as a lighting manufacturer, Louis Poulsen has become one of the world's leading producers of lighting. This success is attributed to collaborations with renowned designers and architects like Arne Jacobsen, Øivind Slaatto, Poul Henningsen, and Verner Panton.

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