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VL 56 Pendant

The well-known functionalist architect, Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the VL 56 Pendant for Folkets Hus, in Vesterbro Copenhagen. Originally designed and built for the Danish Labour Movement, the building opened in 1956 and is now used as a concert hall, called Vega. The building is a gesamtkunstwerk, meaning that Lauritzen designed everything in the building, from doorknobs, staircases and power outlets, to furniture and lamps. The VL 56 Pendant is one of the lamps Vilhelm Lauritzen designed for Vega, and to this day it hangs above the wood-panelled bar, adjacent to the concert hall. Both the chrome and brass variants were reintroduced in 2023, with slight adjustments and improvements.

14.3"H x 7"Ø, Cable Length 13.1"

Light Source:

Shade, tube and lid: Polished Brass
Brass surfaces are untreated, the surface will change over time and develop a patina 

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


Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894–1984) was a pioneering Danish architect and a key figure in functionalism, known for iconic buildings like Nørrebro Theatre, Radiohuset, and Kastrup Airport. His architectural philosophy centered on the belief that architecture is applied art and essential to life, which he demonstrated through his masterful use of both daylight and artificial lighting. Lauritzen's light fixtures, beginning with the Universal pendant in the late 1920s, combined directed light with diffuse illumination, and many of his designs became part of Louis Poulsen’s collection in the mid-20th century.


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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